Phil Mickelson And Tiger Woods' Face Off Didn't Go According To Plan

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tried to build up their pay-per-view round of golf with the usual boxing style face off but things didn't exactly work out like two heavyweights about to square off.

Pay-per-view sport is usually restricted to boxing, MMA or wrestling. Hard hitting, exciting sports that you can't take your eyes off for fear of missing the potentially sudden ending. Basically everything that golf really isn't.

In the next month we're due to be treated to some very high profile PPV events with Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora and Carl Frampton vs Josh Warrington all on in the space of a few weeks.

Before all that though fans of spending more money on televised sport than they already do can look forward to golf's first PPV event, a one on one showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

'The Match' takes place on Friday in a winner takes it all one round format, with one of the American pair bagging themselves £7 million for winning.

Yesterday the pair tried to hype up their showdown with a typical boxingesque face off but it didn't work with neither man able to keep a straight face:

Not exactly intimidating lads. Image: PA Images
Not exactly intimidating lads. Image: PA Images

Whilst the face off suggested that any animosity between the pair, who famously could never get on during Ryder Cups, is well in the past there's definitely still a good rivalry between the two.

On top of the £7 million on offer, Mickelson and Woods placed a side bet on the former making a birdie on the first hole. Asked about making side bets the five time Major champion said, "I've thought a lot about this and there are spots out on the course that are some great spots for a little challenge. And the challenges are coming out our pockets, and I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me.

"I'm willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that's how good I feel heading into this match. You don't have to take it, but I'm going to throw that out there."

Woods simply replied saying, "Double it!"

It's golf, just not as we know it!

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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