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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson set for £7m Las Vegas showdown

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have confirmed It’s going down on Thanksgiving weekend. More Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have confirmed It’s going down on Thanksgiving weekend. More
| 26 August, 2018, 15:42

The victor of what is being dubbed as "The Match" will take home a grand prize of $9 million. But Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are hoping to change that.

Woods has been installed as a prohibitive favorite at -180 by Golfodds.com and Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman.

It's golf's version of boxing: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are to meet in a one-on-one contest where the victor takes all the $9 million purse, with the "bout" being screened to a pay-per-view audience.

"I'd like to think there is room for exhibition golf; it's something the tour down there should maybe look at trying to do".

It will be a pay-per-view event akin to a boxing match, available on DirecTV, B/R Live and AT&T U-verse for a now unknown price.

Pay-per-view pricing for the highly-anticipated match will be announced at a later date.


US Tour victor Cameron Smith was also fond of the idea, particularly if the top four Australians on the world rankings - now Day, Marc Leishman, Scott and himself - competed in a two-round elimination match on an iconic Australian course.

The PPV event is nearly unprecedented in the history of sports television, and, judging by the current banter between Woods and Mickelson on Twitter, the lead-up to Thanksgiving weekend will resemble a major boxing fight more than a round of golf. "Yes, Nick's correct what he heard because at the time I was done and I didn't know what I was going to be doing", Woods said on the sidelines of the Northern Trust Open.

"Let's do this", Mickelson said in return. "The whole point is the winner-takes-all thing".

Because Mickelson and Woods are PGA Tour members, their television rights are owned by the PGA Tour, hence its role in negotiations.

The pair - who have 19 major titles between them - have engaged in some social media trash-talk to promote the showdown, to be held during the American Thanksgiving weekend. "No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone". "The idea is not just to have this great match, but to have this interactive experience so fans can see something they've never seen in televised golf before".

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