Woods, Mickelson eye $10 mln head-to-head showdown

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in talks to stage a $10 million winner-take-all 18-hole golf showdown, according to a report on the Golf.com website.

According to a report from Golf.com, Woods and Mickelson almost had the match set up to take place on July 3rd in Las Vegas.

"We're working on a different date", said Mickelson, who is now playing in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Apparently this was close enough to happening on July 3rd that Mickelson thought it was a done deal, but it fell through.

According to the report Mickelson confirmed the match and the terms though Woods' team refused to comment.

The two biggest names in golf over the past 25 years - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson - are reportedly in conversations about a $10 million, winner-take-all match. During a practice round, an idea sparked between rivals-turned-friends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; rather than continue playing exclusively in tournaments, why not play head-to-head in a victor take all match?

Alan Shipnuck reported that the event at one time was planned for Tuesday, the day before Independence Day, in Las Vegas. The pair have a "shared vision" to play a few exhibition matches a year, around the world. News broke Friday that the two are in the works on playing each other for $10 million dollar victor takes all exhibition. Mickelson said after a practice round in the week leading up to the Players. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", he said.

Woods responded: "I'm definitely not against that". Now, it appears that fans might get the chance to see the two golf greats go head-to-head with no other competition in the field.

Woods and Mickelson are the top two active earners on the PGA Tour (Woods with over $111 million, Mickelson with over $87 million) and have made plenty more off of endorsements. Such head-to-head matches were more of a thing around the turn of the century, when Woods was in his prime and cord-cutting had yet to kneecap television viewership, and they garnered ratings that today's TV-sports executives would covet.

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