Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson planning $10 million winner-takes-all clash

09 Julio, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Thomas Hicks
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"A "$10 million winner-take-all, 18-hole death match" is how it's being billed by Golf.com, and it's got the sport's two highest-profile "frenemies" vying for the kitty.

One thing is certain: If and when negotiations get completed, this will be a fun and unique experience for golf fans everywhere. Their careers, too, speak for themselves.

Mickelson started talking up the idea in April after the two rivals played a practice round together at the Masters.

"We're working on a different date", the 48-year-old Mickelson was reported to have said Thursday. Not with $10 million on the line. He won five times in 2013 and was named the Player of the Year.

"We'll play for whatever makes him comfortable", Woods, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess $740 million, also said. 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?

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Mickelson's famed love of a good wager aside, that's a bold statement. Both sides, it seems, want to see it happen at some point, though.

Talk of a potential Woods vs. Mickelson event began at this year's Players Championship in May when the two greatest golfers of their generation were paired together. From their Southern California roots to becoming two of the most decorated pros of all time, theirs is a bond not unlike two other legends: Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Negations reportedly stalled on the concept last month when the golfers and a major TV network could not agree on the particulars for a TV special, according to Golf magazine.

"It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson said. 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. And, with any luck, they'll be needling each other for decades to come.

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