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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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John Peterson coming out of retirement after being inspired by the Masters

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John Peterson, the former NCAA D-I individual champion, gave up his ambition of making a living on Tour last summer when he failed to keep his PGA Tour card, but inspired by Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters, Peterson is set to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old has been working in a real estate office for the past seven months and announced his decision to return on Matt Moscona’s radio show “After Review” on 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge. The Texan told Moscona about the desire he felt once again to tee it up while watching the Masters earlier this month, with both Patrick Cantlay and Tiger Woods serving as pivotal players in Peterson’s decision.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had. I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the National Championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him and I beat him a lot and I’m just like man, that could be me.”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

As for where he stands at this particular moment with his comeback, Peterson has no Tour status and will rely on sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers, while the mini-tour route is another option for the Texan. Peterson knows he’s taking a risk in his latest comeback, but the 30-year-old sounds ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff. I will get back, I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top 10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

 

 

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