New Tiger far more tame than the old

Tiger Woods (L) and Phil Mickelson watch a shot on the first tee during the final round of the 95th...

Tiger Woods (L) and Phil Mickelson watch a shot on the first tee during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 11, 2013 in Rochester, New York. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Tiger Woods said he was headed back to Florida to spend time with his young kids.

Phil Mickelson claimed he was making a beeline for his California home, where he was going to put his clubs away for a few days.

Judging by the absence of their prestigious names on the final PGA Championship leaderboard, one question immediately comes to mind: Were they even here in the first place?

In Phil’s case, the only evidence of his presence at this tournament are the deep potholes sprinkled in the unforgiving Oak Hill rough, souvenirs of all the times Lefty was forced to chunk shots out of the deep grass after spraying balls all over the grounds.

In retrospect, Mickelson’s performance - or lack thereof - was just, well, so Phil. It was, in fact, a microcosm of his career.

Last month he won the Scottish and British Opens back to back. This week he played at times as if he couldn’t compete in the Windmill Miniputt Open. Known as a risk-or-reward type of player, he’s


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