During Tiger's comeback from his issues/injury/coaching change, some made it seem that Mickelsen was a better golfer - that's why the references to him - he isn't. He really hasn't come close to Tiger Woods' accomplishments. He's pretty underachieved - had several opportunities to win majors but failed.
Were those 'some' posters in this thread - or are you making something up? I don't feel like checking.
And just so you know, the British Open is a major - you know - the one Mickelson won this year? And Mickelson is in the Golf HOF for a reason. Not because he is better than Woods - but because he belongs there. And not just because of wins or even just this year's major win.
Here are his 5 majors
Year Championship 54 Holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2004 Masters Tournament Tied for lead −9 (72696969=279) 1 stroke Ernie Els
2005 PGA Championship Tied for lead −4 (67657272=276) 1 stroke Thomas Bjørn, Steve Elkington
2006 Masters Tournament (2) 1 shot lead −7 (70727069=281) 2 strokes Tim Clark
2010 Masters Tournament (3) 1 shot deficit −16 (67716767=272) 3 strokes Lee Westwood
2013 The Open Championship 5 shot deficit −3 (69-74-72-66=281) 3 strokes Henrik Stenson
And I am not going to list over 40 PGA wins...
No problem with you liking Woods - hell, I like Woods a lot right up to his issues with the Mrs.... when he showed the world he is pretty iffy on the character side. Still - I appreciate his golf and hope he can get control of his Driver... and recapture his putting stroke.