This could wind up transcending Palmer vs. Nicklaus.
Or Nicklaus vs. Trevino or Nicklaus vs. Watson.
Or even Tiger vs. himself.
Over the next three or four years, this has the potential to become golf's greatest rivalry. Thank you, golf gods, for Tiger vs. Phil. Here are the two most talented players ever. Not the best -- that would still be Nicklaus, the all-time mentally toughest.
But now Tiger and Phil could inspire and validate one another's all-time greatness ...