Tiger Woods, Mickelson Will Play 1-on-1 for $10M

Pair reportedly will face off in a winner-take-all 'death match'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2018 1:19 PM CDT
Tiger Woods, left, and Phil Mickelson share a laugh while playing a practice round for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 3, 2018.   (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

(Newser) – A "$10 million winner-take-all, 18-hole death match" is how it's being billed by Golf.com, and it's got the sport's two highest-profile "frenemies" vying for the kitty. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are said to be gearing up for the showdown, which Mickelson notes was originally supposed to be held Tuesday in Las Vegas (it couldn't be arranged in time, for various logistical reasons), but will now take place on a soon-to-be-determined date. The idea is reported to have been suggested by Mickelson in April, and Woods agreed a month later, noting, "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable."

And the two don't seem averse to exploiting for the cameras a now playfully contentious rivalry that some are comparing to that of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who grew to become lifelong friends. Both Woods and Mickelson have agreed to wear microphones during the match. "You will hear a lot of the comments that you don't hear on regular TV," Mickelson says. "We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing." (Woods hit the Masters again this year after a three-year hiatus.)

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