2012 Masters: Breaking down Tiger vs. Phil

Phil Mickelson presented the green jacket to Tiger Woods in 2005.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have combined for seven victories in the Masters. So who plays Augusta National better?

It simply comes down to the numbers, and they are as similar as it can get. Tiger has four green jackets and Mickelson has three, but the similarities in numbers is alarming.

We did some research on the basic numbers, as well as the holes that both have mastered or fall apart on, their best moments and finally their best embraces.

You might be surprised how similar Tiger and Phil are at Augusta National:

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Augusta green

Tiger Woods has earned $6,802,806 at the Masters; Phil Mickelson has taken home $6,416,642. Sure, there are more dollars in play for professional golfers today, but this duo’s total is more than the combined PGA Tour career earnings of Jack Nicklaus ($5,734,322), Arnold Palmer ($1,861,857) and Gary Player ($1,834,482).

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Tale of the tape

Tiger Category Phil
17 Appearances 19
4 Victories 3
7 Top 3s 7
10 Top 5s 9
12 Top 10s 13
15 Top 25s 15
1* Missed Cuts 1
66 Total Rounds 74
38 Rounds Under Par 42
20 Rounds in 60s 24
12 Eagles 13
35.39 Back-9 Scoring Avg. 35.12
84 under Cumulative to Par 72 under
No. 15 (4.35) Best Hole (avg.) No. 13 (4.20)
No. 1 (4.27) Worst Hole (avg.) No. 6 (3.23)
3.09 Par-3 Avg. 3.18
4.05 Par-4 Avg. 4.04
4.50 Par-5 Avg. 4.47
67.6% Fairways Hit 67.9%
69.2% Greens Hit 66.1%
29.33 Putting Avg. 29.59
70.73 Stroke Avg. 71.03

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Best hole

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Not surprisingly, both have dominated par 5s. Tiger Woods plays No. 15 (above) the best with a 4.35 stroke average; Phil Mickelson favors No. 13 (4.20 average)

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Worst hole

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Tiger Woods has struggled at No. 1 (above), with a 4.27 stroke average on the par 4. Phil Mickelson has had it tough on the par-3 sixth, with a 3.23 stroke average.

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Best shot: 2004

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Phil Mickelson, majorless at the time, came to the 18th hole deadlocked with Ernie Els. Facing an 18-footer for birdie and the victory, Mickelson drained the putt, then leaped for unbridled joy.

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Best shot: 2005

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Tiger Woods came to the 16th hole locked in a battle against Chris DiMarco. Woods was left and long, looking at bogey and a possible two-shot swing. From 60 feet, he pitched his ball well past the flag, using the back slope to work the ball toward the hole. The ball trickled down, hanging on the lip for a moment before tumbling in for an electrifying birdie.

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Best embraces

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Tiger Woods, 1997: In his first trip to Augusta National as a pro, Tiger Woods wins his first green jacket, by 12 shots. He celebrates the moment with his father, Earl, behind the 18th green.

Phil Mickelson, 2010: His third green jacket is sweetened by an 18th hole visit by his wife, Amy, who has been battling breast cancer.

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