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Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson for $10 million? Apparently, it’s happening

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Tiger Woods versus Phil Mickelson for $10 million dollars. Originally reported by Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck, this head-to-head match is very close to happening.

No, golf fans, this isn’t a fantasy. Move over Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Skins Game, and all other golf exhibitions. This massive moneyfest will trump all others.

And it’s no pipe dream! The match watch slated for July 3, presumably at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. However, things didn’t come together in time.

Per Shipnuck: “The negotiations, involving a major television network and various corporate entities, couldn’t quite be consummated in time but Woods and Mickelson and their people remain committed to making it happen as soon as it’s feasible. “We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson said on Thursday. “I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn’t.” Woods’s representatives declined to comment.”

Apparently, discussions have been in the work since at least the Masters. And of course, Mickelson said this at The Players.

“The excitement that’s been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don’t we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have some kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match? Now, I don’t know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round.”

Both players would wear microphones, with plenty of trash talk (of a PG-13 version, no doubt) expected.

“It’s a ridiculous amount of money,” Mickelson told SI of the $10 million winner-take-all prize. “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”

Reportedly, Woods and Mickelson plan to reprise the act a few times per year.

Shipnuck writes, “Sometimes they could partner up — depending on how the Ryder Cup goes, it’s easy to envision Tiger and Phil taking on two top Europeans (a match with Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter as the opposition could be particularly juicy). Woods and Mickelson are both shrewd businessmen, and they are trying to set up this new venture so they essentially own the matches and thus will get a chunk of the TV revenue, merchandising, and sponsorship dough.”

Wow. What do you think about this, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Jim McPherson

    Jul 10, 2018 at 2:40 am

    More than once? No thanks.

    Just the one match? No thanks.

    How about they each win another major first, then start talking about it… Until they can do that, why? Just why? Maybe if they were World #1 & #2. But they are far from it.

    How about Tiger & Phil in a two man scramble against the SOLO Dustin Johnson?

  2. Walter Bob

    Jul 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I’d watch it…

  3. Tom54

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Golf does not need to cheapen itself with an over hyped exhibition between 2 of the best golfers of this generation. If there are charities that would benefit from this then maybe it would be ok. But to line the pockets of two fat cats does not catch my interest one bit. Why wasn’t this idea floated years ago when they truly were rivals? Not sure if the demand is still there,we’ll see if it happens.

  4. Chris

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Phil’s idea? Better chance of winning than a tour event…may not get paid by playing but fees and production will provide nice payday…would not watch…only person with $ at risk is you and me.

  5. JR

    Jul 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    A drug addict and a cheater. Must See TV!

    • bob

      Jul 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      … and a couple of has-beens too …. now if Trump and Bill Gates were added to round up the foursome … 😮

  6. ~j~

    Jul 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Heard a rumor that Tigers ‘camp’ wants to do more as a player vs player bet, not a sponsored pot. Phil’s camp is pushing the sponsored pot to make it ‘too much to turn down’ for Tiger.

  7. Liberty Apples

    Jul 6, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Who cares? Even if they were playing for their own money, no one is going to shed a tear for the loser. And take this grotesque act on the road? Gross money grab.

  8. Chuck Barkley

    Jul 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Two aging Dinosaurs battling it out!! Oooooh yeah, where do I pump my cable company with MORE MONEY!!! Bunch ‘o yahoos.

    Please, if I want dinosaurs I’ll head to the Museum Natural History. Oh wait, are these to TRex’s in the Hall Of Shame, or Fame?

    THUD!!

  9. the dude

    Jul 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    obviously they are playing with someone else’s money, …..what would be cool is a $100k nassau…auto 2 down …and press when yer pissed….of their own money…..

  10. ~j~

    Jul 6, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Shank. They’re playing with someone else’s money still. While the head to head is fun, for a bit, there’s a much greater set of nerves with the players if they had something more committed. Don’t quite see how the $10million is going to make Phil ‘uncomfortable’ playing for if its not his to give away at the end.

  11. Bobtrumpet

    Jul 6, 2018 at 11:36 am

    “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”

    Yeah, if each of you have to pony up the $10 million yourselves. 🙂

  12. Rev G

    Jul 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

    nice idea, if it benefits charity. If it just becomes a money grab for phil and tw, then people will lose interest over time.

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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes

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Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at adidas.com.

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here

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The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.

 

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GolfWRX Members analyze (and roast) Cosmo Kramer’s golf swing

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Kramer Hickok’s win last week on the Web.com Tour brought to mind the greatest golfing Kramer of them all: Cosmo Kramer, of course.

Jerry Seinfield’s singular “hipster doofus” next-door neighbor flirted with the great game on occasion, if you recall: Beating ball into the Atlantic (which ultimately factors into George’s great “marine biologist” ruse), Stan the Caddie, playing Westchester, and a handful of other angles.

It’s during the “Marine Biologist” episode that we get a look at Cosmo’s action, and it is something to behold. The fluidity of Snead, here, folks.

We asked our GolfWRX members to fire up their V1 and give us their best breakdown of Kramer’s “driver off the beach” swing. Here are some of the best replies.

BewareTheGlowball writes

“On takeaway the hands get a little too close to the body, which would lead to a tendency to move over the top on the downswing. In this case however, Kramer makes a great move to put the club back on path from the top of his swing. Nearing impact his weight shifts backwards, which he owns and holds it like it was a classic swing of old…Better than about 75% of swings on the driving range when I go out.”

D1bound says: “Looks like he had a seizure.”

Getair23 says: “It’s so bad, he can’t even hit the ocean from the beach!”

ThunderBuzzworth says

“Horizontal takeaway equals more space for that flying elbow and massive hip turn. Then notice his transition and how he violently thrusts his upper body backwards into a silky smooth back-snap finishing with ALL his weight on his rear leg. Considering he is on the beach… take notes on the unorthodox ground impact location which happens to be 10 inches behind the ball to dramatically reduce spin.”

PowderedToastMan knows his Seinfeld: “That swing has the power to kill a whale, literally.”

Nony noke does as well: “Almost as good as Larry David’s swing. Preeettty, preeeettty good.”

And Gioguy21: “Kramer’s reverse C finish is simply poetic – if only he had the man hands necessary to release properly.”

And DavePelz4: “He’s not the Master of his Domain…or his swing.”

ZAP may have the most concise and spot-on breakdown.

“Stack and realaaaaaaaaaaalllllllly tilt.”

Thanks for the analysis, GolfWRX Members! And if anyone else would like to chime in on Cosmo’s club swinging motion, please do. Also, if there’s another swing from the big or small screen you’d like to see scrutinized, let us know.

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