"It still comes down to nerve". It has seemingly always been important to have a mixture of both at the Masters.
Speaking at Augusta National on Tuesday, Woods cited the recovery of Ben Hogan from a head-on road collision in 1949 to win multiple majors.
Tiger Woods calls his comeback "a miracle".
There are obviously outliers.
'We have competed a lot of times coming down the stretch in events, and we were joking today about some of the thoughts that transpired here'.
The Savannah native is a different player as he prepares for his second Masters three years after his first - now a two-time PGA Tour victor, ranked 23rd in the world and in contention nearly every week he plays after a breakout 2017 session. He won a fabled green jacket and $486,000.
Woods, 42, invoked Hogan's name when asked whether his first major victory in a decade might qualify as one of sport's greatest comebacks.
"It's the only major we play year in and year out at the same venue, and experience is more of a factor [at Augusta] than anywhere else, " said Mickelson, who won for the first time in almost five years when he claimed the WGC-Mexico Championship last month.
'And second thing is that I knew that once I achieved that level and I finally did break through and win, I'm going to peel off quite a few more. Of those 17, nine are still in their 40s. His return to play here after his winter of discontent in 2009-10 was anticipated, for sure, because he was still at the height of his powers, and more majors were assumed. Woods made two eagles, and Mickelson a batch of birdies.
Woods has made an encouraging return to the PGA Tour following spinal fusion surgery a year ago, raising hopes that he could yet add to his haul of 14 Major titles.
Tiger Woods' return to the Masters Tournament this week might not be ideal. "I don't think I can even get it down there even if I wanted to". The patron looked a bit skeptical, but McIlroy was true to his word after hitting a booming drive. There's not as much scar tissues. It also guaranteed him a spot in this year's tournament.
"I was lucky enough to be here in 1986 and I will say this". "It's very different now".
"I thought I played pretty well, but all of a sudden you're seven back with three rounds to go".
Amusing thing, it looked like the Masters would be the first major championship of McIlroy's career. Stenson is 14th and Mickelson is 18th. "You have to get out and get it".
"For whatever reason, that has been beneficial to me when I focus just on what speed does this need to get in".
Phil Mickelson was still in school in 1986 when Jack Nicklaus became the oldest Masters champion in history at the age of 46. "It's a huge help knowing the course especially when you're playing guys that have played in multiple Masters". There are guys from the early 20s to Phil at 47 that have all played well. But it's all really meaningless unless you go out there and actually do it. "That's why he tries the shot he tries because he believes he can pull them off".
"I have gotten in my own way here before, but I think because I'm a little more comfortable on the golf course and comfortable in my game, I don't think that will happen this week".
If Mickelson wins this week, he will do more than eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record as the oldest Masters victor.