A winner-takes-all match between the golfing legends will take place in Vegas on Thanksgiving weekend
Woods Vs Mickelson Match Confirmed
There has been plenty of talk about it over the summer and it’s on – Tiger Woods will play Phil Mickelson in a one-on-one winner takes all match for $9m.
It was announced on social media as ‘The Match’ and also coincided with Phil Mickelson joining Twitter.
It will be taking place over Thanksgiving weekend on November 23rd and the Golf Channel report that it will take place in the afternoon, ending at 8-9pm USA time.
Both Tiger and Phil, along with their caddies, will be mic’d up.
The venue will be Las Vegas’ private Shadow Creek Golf Club and organisers are currently still deciding on whether to allow fans in to watch.
It appears that The Match will be pay per view and Warner Media’s Turner International will distribute live PPV access to the event outside of the US.
Warner Media say that Woods and Mickelson will have other side bets for charity during the game like longest drive and nearest the pin.
“It allows us to be a little bit more real, if you will,” Mickelson said.
“We think there will be some pretty good interest, but we’re also trying to present it in a way that you don’t get to see with normal TV.
“With only two guys, we should have a totally different experience with fans, because we will have smaller crowds that won’t necessarily have ropes they can walk inside the fairway and up near the greens. The idea is not just to have this great match, but to have this interactive experience so fans can see something they’ve never seen in televised golf before.”
Woods and Mickelson had some light banter on Twitter after the match was announced.
The pair, who have won a combined 19 majors and 122 PGA Tour titles, have had a fierce rivalry for two decades but have become friends in recent years with age and time spent together in the last two Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup matches where Woods was a vice-captain.
Mickelson helped out Tiger with his short game when he had the chipping yips in 2015 and Lefty revealed to Golf.com that Woods texted him every night during the WGC-Mexico Championship this year with words of encouragement.
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Woods and Mickelson were paired together for the opening two rounds at the Players Championship this year where Lefty publicly suggested the match.
In his pre-tournament press conference he said, “As I look at the cover of the newspaper and the pairing is on there and the excitement that’s been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don’t we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stake, winner-take-all match?”
Woods responded with positive comments on the idea. “I’m definitely not against that,” he said.
“We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable.”
Talks have obviously been going on behind the scenes since then and it certainly sounds like a match may come to fruition.
Mickelson also revealed that both he and Woods would be willing to wear microphones for the matches and that the plan is to have a couple of matches a year.
“You will hear a lot of the comments that you don’t hear on regular TV. We both like to talk smack,” he said.