Woods, Mickelson planning $10M match-play event

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2018

In April, the two legends played a practice round together at the Masters, then they were paired together a month later at The Players' Championship.

Golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson reportedly are trying to set up a $10 million winner-take-all match play event in Sin City that would be broadcasted live on television and would feature both greats wearing microphones.

Woods' camp has yet to speak about the proposed match and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

"We'll play for whatever makes him comfortable", Woods, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess $740 million, also said. The website reports the match nearly took place July 3 in Las Vegas, with a major TV network and several corporate sponsors all included in the logistical planning. Apparently this was close enough to happening on July 3rd that Mickelson thought it was a done deal, but it fell through.

Alan Shipnuck reported that the event at one time was planned for Tuesday, the day before Independence Day, in Las Vegas.

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That didn't get off the ground, obviously, but Mickelson said this week that they're still working on it.

"We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing". Mickelson even suggested that this could be the beginning of a tour where he faces Woods in multiple one-on-one exhibitions each year. 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.

Could Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson become the next Arnie and Jack? He ranks second all-time with 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major championships. The details weren't able to be worked out in time, however, Mickelson told the website that the two sides are still working on making the match happen.

"The tough thing is that he has the trump card: his career record. OK?" Others said they'd watch it anyway - and looked forward to it.

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