Phil Mickelson says $10M golf match with Tiger Woods in the works

Tiger Woods is Having a Profound Effect on TV Ratings

Tiger Woods is Having a Profound Effect on TV Ratings

He won five times in 2013 and was named the Player of the Year. The two would play a one-on-one, 18-hole match that nets the victor $10 million.

Plans to stage the made-for-television event on July 3 in Las Vegas fell through, according to the report, but representatives for 14-time major champion Woods and five-time major victor Mickelson remain committed to making it happen. Both players have agreed to wear microphones for the match, even with so much cash on the line.

Still, Mickelson is confident that the deal will be closed before long.

"We're working on a different date", said Mickelson, who is now playing in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. "I thought it was done for the (July 3) but obviously it wasn't". What a better way than for two legends of the game to reassert their impact on the game of golf than to hold a televised, winner-take-all tournament.

Mickelson told the magazine the proposed high stakes match was a direct result of their new-found friendship.

Could Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson become the next Arnie and Jack? Mickelson is playing next week's Scottish Open, and Woods' next start will be The Open.


Tiger Woods and Phi Mickelson will play a head to head exhibition match for a victor takes all purse of $10 million, according to a U.S. golf magazine. I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round.

Woods has had the more accomplished career.

Woods seemed amenable: "I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", he said.

Mickelson's famed love of a good wager aside, that's a bold statement. Still, Woods and Mickelson are committed to making it work. The old made-for-TV Monday night golf events that often included Woods and other stars at the turn of the century - like Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia - were played for millions of dollars but nothing at the eight-figure level. While they were fierce rivals then, it may be their more relaxed relationship that has brought them together once again.

Those seeds took root in May when the two were grouped together during the Players Championship, ESPN reported.

"It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson told Golf.com. One day, on a warm morning in the first week of April the two will share a tee box at Augusta National. Thankfully for us, the Golf Channel's Chantel McCabe was within ear shot of Phil to capture this video lesson he gave to his pro-am partners.

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