Friday, 20 July, 2018

Woods, Mickelson reportedly trying to arrange 'superfight' of golf

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Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 11:48

They played a highly publicised practice round together at Augusta in April and were a major drawcard when paired together at The Players' Championship the following month.

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.

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 uncomfortable".

According to reports from Golf.com, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickleson are planning on facing off in a 18-hole Matchplay event, with the victor taking $10 million.

"We're working on a different date", Mickelson told Golf.com Thursday. "I thought it was done for the third (of July), but obviously it wasn't". The fact that they both stand to make a boatload of cash is nearly a side benefit of getting to talk smack and play a little golf.

"It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson said.

Furthermore, both players hope this is the start of a series of high-stakes exhibitions for years to come, and perhaps one that will involve other players, too, per Shipnuck.

The duo have been rivals for much of their careers, with Mickelson a long-time number two to Woods' domination as world No. 1. However, the negotiations between the two players, TV networks and sponsors didn't get done in time.

It's a heavyweight bout to take two of the golf's biggest stars out of their comfort zone in an unorthodox way that could reshape American golf as we know it. 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.

"Whether it's 14 majors, 79 wins, however many players of the year awards, the whole deal, he owns all the trump cards".

Mickelson, at least, has publicly said that they have "turned the corner" in their relationship.