At the 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship, Vijay Singh shot a final round 69 to win and overtake Tiger Woods as the No. 1 player in the world. Six years later, it’s the same tournament and same player atop the rankings, but two different guys are in position to dethrone Tiger, who has held the spot for 273 weeks.
This marks the 11th start that Phil Mickelson has had the opportunity to take over as No. 1 for the first time in his career.
Mickelson fired a four-under 67 on Sunday to post his third consecutive sub-70 round. Going into Monday, he’s T6 at 12-under, five strokes behind leader Jason Day. Meanwhile, Stricker, who is the defending champion, also shot 67 and currently stands at T3 at 13-under.
Here’s a look at the scenarios for Mickelson or Stricker to bump Tiger:
*Stricker becomes No. 1 if he wins, along with Tiger finishing out of the top 9 and Phil out of the top 3.
*Phil becomes No. 1 if he wins, finishes second (with Woods out of the top 3), finishes third (with Woods out of the top 9) or finishes fourth (with Woods out of the top 24 and Stricker not winning).
Maybe 11th time is the charm for Lefty.
“Well, it would be cool for anybody,” said Mickelson. “That’s what we’re all ultimately striving for. But before that can happen, I’ve got to get my game back, and it feels like it’s starting to come back.”