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Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match will raise funds for charity; PPV price set

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Update 10/26: A PPV price of $19.99 has been set. The competition will take place at 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 23.  Capital One will be the title sponsor of the $9 million, winner-take-all match. Additionally, side challenges, such as longest drive, will also be part of the competition.

This week it was announced that the pay-per-view match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will see both men donate a portion of match proceeds to charity.

According to Mickelson’s manager, Steve Loy of Lagardère Sports, Lefty plans on donating portions of the charitable proceeds raised to the Children of the 58 Fund and the Las Vegas Shriners. The Children of the 58 Fund is a foundation which Mickelson created following the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. It provides college and trade school scholarships to the children of the victims.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, has stated that Woods will donate his portion from the charitable proceeds to the Tiger Woods Foundation and other local charities. Neither player is fronting any of the $9 million jackpot, but according to Loy, the PGA Tour and both Woods and Mickelson will donate a portion of the event’s media rights fees to charity.

The event billed as “The Match,” has received criticism from many who were disappointed with the news that the battle would only be available via pay-per-view, and also that there would be no tickets available to the public, which is likely to result in a strange atmosphere. However, the news of the charitable component is no doubt a positive move.

The $9 million match takes place on November 23rd at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Woods is a heavy favorite to triumph and is available at -225 at Bet365. While Mickelson is a +175 underdog.

Does the news that a portion of the profits from The Match being donated to charity make you more likely to buy the event?

Let us know what you think!

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Ben

    Oct 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    It is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. They are not even betting their own money.
    What a joke.

  2. Rick

    Oct 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    All and I mean all you, like I that have volunteered to work for free at PGA, LPGA events should feel real good that these men have made so much money they can just play each other for 9 million..plus side bets of their own in the thousands, and oh yes a cut into the TV money/pay for view (ok they are being big about donating part of their share, let no one think they need a little tax write off here) Time some one pull the plug on unpaid workers at any Pro tournament…

  3. Tom

    Oct 25, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I intend to watch a one on one match up of Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson instead.

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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
  • June 18-21: US Open – NY Post reporting postponed; not yet confirmed by USGA
  • July 16-19: Open Championship – On Schedule

PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
  • March 19-22: Hero Indian Open – Postponed
  • April 16-19: Maybank Championship – Postponed
  • April 23-26: Volvo China Open – Postponed
  • April 30-May 3: Andalucia Masters – Postponed
  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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