Mickelson, Singh play nice in final round of Masters
by Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Nobody said Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh had to play nice, just play together.
In a devilish twist, the two were paired for the final round of the Masters on Sunday, two days after a tiff over Mickelson's spikes. Mickelson said afterward the two had "a great time," but it sure didn't look like it.
They shook hands at the start and finish of their rounds, but that was about the extent of their interaction. They often stood on opposite sides of the tee box, not even looking at each other. They never walked together, usually separated by 20 or 30 yards. They didn't appear to say much, if anything.
Singles paired up on the local muni seem closer than these two.
"We had a great time," the defending champion insisted. "We laughed. We giggled. We had a fun day."
"There was nothing like that," Mickelson said when pressed. "I don't know where you guys come up with that."
Well, their confrontation in the champions locker room Friday might have something to do with it. Singh, the 2000 winner, complained to rules officials on the 12th green that Mickelson's metal spikes were too long.
Officials twice checked Mickelson's shoes, and no problems were found. But when the two were in the locker room during a rain delay, Mickelson heard Singh talking about it, and the two argued.
"It's not like you guys are saying it was. We had a conversation," Mickelson said, getting testy. "That's ridiculous to even bring it up."