Once the best of enemies, Mickelson and Woods have found a respect,...

Once the best of enemies, Mickelson and Woods have found a respect, even a bond, in their twilight

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Just past 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, on the kind of morning the powers who run Augusta National Golf Club seem to be able to summon precisely when they want it, Tiger Woods, the Masters champion in 1997 and 2001 and 2002 and 2005, arrived at the 10th tee box. Awaiting him there were Phil Mickelson, who won here in 2004 and 2006 and 2010; Fred Couples, the 1992 champion; and Thomas Pieters, a talented Belgian who just might host a champions’ dinner one day.

“It’s four, three, one,” Mickelson said, and he nodded at the players in order of their Masters titles, Pieters the leper in the group. Woods would start this nine-hole practice round — a nine-hole practice round that…



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