Rival Mickelson gracious with praise for Woods

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods (Supplied)
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods (Supplied)

Cape Town - Phil Mickelson was full of praise for his rival Tiger Woods after the latter's victory at the 83rd Masters at Augusta National on Sunday.

The pair have gone head-to-head over the last few decades in several memorable duels.

Woods' win was his fifth at Augusta, while Mickelson's closet boasts three green jackets of its own.

While Woods picked up his 15th Major too close to within three victories of all-time leader Jack Nicklaus, Mickelson signed for a 6-under par total of 282, seven strokes adrift of Woods - and in a tie for 18th place.

Mickelson, who will turn 49 in June, took to Twitter shortly after the tournament to write, "What a great moment for the game of golf. I’m so impressed by @TigerWoods' incredible performance, and I'm so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger! #rematch??

The "rematch" Mickelson referenced was presumably the $9 million 'winner-take-all' head-to-head showdown the two enjoyed late last year in Las Vegas which Mickelson won at the fourth playoff hole.

Scores after Sunday's final round of the 83rd Masters tournament at par-72 Augusta National Golf Club (a-denotes amateur):

275 - Tiger Woods (USA) 70-68-67-70

276 - Xander Schauffele (USA) 73-65-70-68, Dustin Johnson (USA) 68-70-70-68, Brooks Koepka (USA) 66-71-69-70

277 - Jason Day (AUS) 70-67-73-67, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 70-67-66-74, Tony Finau (USA) 71-70-64-72, Webb Simpson (USA) 72-71-64-70

278 - Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-70-71-68, Rickie Fowler (USA) 70-71-68-69, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 73-73-64-68

280 - Justin Harding (RSA) 69-69-70-72, Matt Kuchar (USA) 71-69-68-72, Bubba Watson (USA) 72-72-67-69, Justin Thomas (USA) 73-68-69-70, Ian Poulter (ENG) 68-71-68-73

281 - Aaron Wise (USA) 75-71-68-67

282 - Adam Scott (AUS) 69-68-72-73, Patton Kizzire (USA) 70-70-73-69, Phil Mickelson (USA) 67-73-70-72

283 - Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 70-72-69-72, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 71-71-68-73, Kim Si-Woo (KOR) 72-72-70-69, Kyle Stanley (USA) 72-72-70-69, Kevin Kisner (USA) 69-73-72-69, Jordan Spieth (USA) 75-68-69-71, Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 78-67-68-70, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 73-71-71-68

284 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-66-71-76, Charley Hoffman (USA) 71-71-72-70, Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 66-75-73-70

285 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 75-70-68-72, Viktor Hovland (NOR) 72-71-71-71, Charles Howell III (USA) 73-67-76-69, Gary Woodland (USA) 70-71-74-70

286 - Rafael Cabrera (ESP) 73-70-75-68, Álvaro Ortiz (MEX) 73-71-73-69, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 74-72-67-73, Kevin Tway (USA) 72-71-70-73, Patrick Reed (USA) 73-70-74-69, Jimmy Walker (USA) 72-72-72-70, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 71-71-70-74

287 - Li Haotong (CHN) 72-74-73-68, Keith Mitchell (USA) 72-74-72-69, Keegan Bradley (USA) 76-68-71-72

288 - Corey Conners (CAN) 70-71-71-76, Andrew Landry (USA) 72-73-73-70, Kevin Na (USA) 71-73-73-71

289 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 72-72-70-75, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 69-72-75-73

290 - Cameron Smith (AUS) 70-74-69-77, Martin Kaymer (GER) 73-74-72-71, Trevor Immelman (RSA) 74-72-75-69, Eddie Pepperell (ENG) 74-73-72-71

291 - Devon Bling (USA) 74-73-71-73

292 - Billy Horschel (USA) 72-75-74-71, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 73-73-72-74

293 - Takumi Kanaya (JPN) 73-74-68-78, Branden Grace (RSA) 72-75-72-74, Zach Johnson (USA) 74-73-73-73

294 - Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 75-70-73-76

296 - Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 72-75-73-76, Bernhard Langer (GER) 71-72-75-78, Alexander Norén (SWE) 75-72-75-74, J.B. Holmes (USA) 70-72-74-80

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8018 votes
Cricket
11% - 2008 votes
Football
19% - 3663 votes
Athletics
2% - 470 votes
Boxing
1% - 173 votes
Cycling
2% - 449 votes
Golf
5% - 937 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1596 votes
Tennis
3% - 639 votes
Water sports
1% - 173 votes
American sports
1% - 229 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 586 votes
Vote