There has been much speculation about what Phil Mickelson's win at Augusta last week has done to the dynamic of the Tiger-Phil rivalry. Maybe the rivalry really takes off now, it has been said. Maybe Phil now becomes The Man, it has been said.
I say, "Whoa." Let's not get carried away. Yes, Tiger looked out of sorts. But it was only one tournament. Phil's previous two green jackets led to speculation like this too, and things didn't quite pan out that way.
Phil himself started Masters week by graciously saying he has benefited more than anyone from the Tiger phenomenon. He knows the score. So does CBS. Look it up. Phil doesn't raise ratings on his own.
Anyway, I'll have more thoughts on this tomorrow and next week, as we head into Quail Hollow, where both Phil and Tiger will play