Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

As Tiger Hibernates, Mickelson Fires Up

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

As Tiger Hibernates, Mickelson Fires Up

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GOLF: Phil Mickelson says golf needs Tiger Woods to come back, but while the embattled world No.1 takes a break, Mickelson is primed for "one of the best years of my career".

Mickelson, pictured, opens his 2010 season at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

The event will be without Woods, who is taking an "indefinite break" in the wake of revelations of marital infidelity. Mickelson, who hadn't previously addressed the tabloid frenzy over Woods' personal life publicly, was reluctant to say much but did say the game needed its superstar.

"The game of golf needs him to come back. I mean, it's important for him to come back and be a part of the sport," Mickelson said.

"But right now he's got a lot more important things going on in his life. Amy and I are good friends with both Tiger and Elin and we care deeply about how this turns out. But I'm going to choose not to talk about it publicly anymore, and I appreciate your understanding on that."

In the meantime, Mickelson himself is eager to pick up where he left off last year, which he finished playing some of the best golf of his career. …

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