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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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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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