`Major starved` Woods looking forward to `battle` with Mickelson during US PGA Championship

Melbourne: World No.1 Tiger Woods has said that he has always been involved in some tough battles with new British Open Champion Phil Mickelson with some good rounds, as the two golfers prepare to fight for the year`s last major golf crown at the 95th US PGA Championship.

According to The Age, practice began on Monday at Oak Hill Country Club with Woods coming off a seven-stroke triumph at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, his eighth triumph at Firestone Country Club, and old foe Mickelson still enjoying last month`s British Open win at Muirfield.

Woods, a 14-time major winner chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has not won a major title in 17 attempts since the 2008 US Open but says he feels no extra urgency to win the last major before his 38th birthday, the report said.

Meanwhile, Mickelson, a US Open runner-up for the sixth time in June, captured his fifth major crown in July and is confident he knows Oak Hill well, the report added.