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



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?


  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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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon



Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form



Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.


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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations



Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.


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