Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer - rivals briefly, driving forces as long as they played - took turns helping each other into the green jacket for three straight Masters ending in 1965. The scene was replayed Sunday evening when Woods, the defending champion, fit Mickelson into the fabled prize.
“I don't really want to trade next year,” Mickelson said after his two-shot victory.
But this role reversal was about more than a green jacket presentation.
Two players separated by everything but raw talent looked strikingly familiar in winning the Masters on a super-sized course.
Augusta National was longer than ever in 2002 when Woods went into the final round tied for the lead with U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, two shots clear of Vijay Singh, with Ernie Els, Mickelson and Sergio Garcia another two shots behind. Woods built a lead and knew his challengers would have to make birdies. They all crashed trying to catch him.
The course was even longer for this year's Masters, softened slightly by rain.