Alternate Shot: Popularity contest

Some 40 years after the Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer rivalry reached full tilt, we now have striking similarities in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Woods is, of course, playing the role of Nicklaus, the steely-eyed winner whose personality is often exuded only through his golf game. Mickelson is like Arnie, a man of the people with an infectious smile and a swashbuckling style on the course.

Decades after Nicklaus and Palmer were at the heights of their careers, it is still debatable which was the more popular player. And after years of owning the world of golf, Woods is now being challenged for that role by Mickelson, as evidenced by the equal cheers they received during the final round of the Ford Championship at Doral.

ESPN.com's Jason Sobel and Golf World's Ron Sirak debate which golfer is the most popular in the world right now.

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