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“I would love Martin to play this tournament left-handed,” Mickelson said.

But he wouldn’t touch a couple of questions. One was whether he thought Woods, with 14 majors, could surpass the 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. And the other was how it felt to be ordained as the favorite at this Masters.

“I don’t know,” Mickelson said. “I certainly enjoy this place and have it enjoyed and have felt great on this golf course even before I won here. I felt like it was a course I could play well on, and I really enjoy playing it every year.”

Tiger or Phil?

He’ll leave that to others. And even though both players appear to be going in different directions, it’s not an easy answer.

“Tough one,” Nick Watney said. “I’d say they’re 1-A and 1-B.”

He just didn’t say which was which.