It has been said there are two kinds of players who putt well -- those with great putters, and those with great swings. In other words: Clashing styles with a shared result, excellence.
Both categories help explain the career success of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Each is long off the tee. Each is an excellent putter, albeit Mickelson has been streakier.
Both categories also help explain the current juicy state of the sport at the top rung, where Woods ranks first in the world and Mickelson second. They are power players who can get away with teeing off with 3-woods or less. As for putting (strokes gained), Woods ranks fourth on the PGA Tour, Mickelson eighth. In birdie average, they rank 1-2, with a slight edge to Mickelson.
Golf as an entertainment vehicle is never better than when Woods and Mickelson are hitting on all cylinders at the same time. And we have that delicious table setting now entering the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Woods won the last tournament, the WGC B...