Tiger Woods And Phil Mickelson Set To Face In £7 Million Face Off
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to face off in the first high profile, televised, one-on-one golf match with the winner pocketing £7 million in a winner takes it all round of golf.
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, not that it can't be exciting. But Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are hoping to change that.
Woods and Mickelson have been two of the biggest names in the sport for the past 20 years, and no one has been a bigger name than Woods in the history of the sport, winning 122 PGA tour events between them and 19 majors.
The two famously didn't get on well for years and it got in the way of them helping USA to win the Ryder Cup, despite being the two best golfers around at the time.
The pair get on much better now and are likely to be part of the Ryder Cup team once again next month, when the competition is held in France for the first time, but their rivalry will be rebooted in November.
It was announced today that they will play against each other in a one-on-one winner takes it all round of golf on Thanksgiving weekend with the winner taking home £7 million and the round set to be shown on pay-per-view:
The match in Vegas will take on the form of matchplay but there will be challenges along the course including longest drive, closest to pin and longest putt whilst both men, and their caddies, will be wearing microphones round the course.
Speaking to ESPN on the match Mickelson said, "It's an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don't have much going on in the world of golf."
'Lefty' added that the banter between them would be on pause until after the Ryder Cup, on the last weekend of September, adding, "We have plenty of time to do that, and I've got to be careful because I'm hoping we are team-mates in the Ryder Cup and I don't want to cause a stir yet.
"But in the first week of October, it will start to heat up."
Woods has been on brilliant form since his comeback earlier in the year and is finally back in contention to win majors but this could be his most heated time on course since coming back.