With golf continually searching for ways to make itself more popular, two of its greatest stars might have inadvertently hit upon a way forward as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are reported to be in negotiations over a $10 million head-to-head money match.
A potential matchup nearly happened July 3rd at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but both made a decision to set the match for a different date to better prepare for to play for the ridiculous amount.
The two best-golfing legends of our generation could hit the course to play a mano a mano winner-take-all match.
"We're working on a different date", Mickelsonsaid Thursday, again via Shipnuck, at the PGA Tour's stop at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. "I thought it was done for the third but obviously it wasn't", he said.
According to the report Mickelson confirmed the match and the terms though Woods' team refused to comment.
At that time Mickelson suggested they skip "the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match". During a practice round, an idea sparked between rivals-turned-friends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; rather than continue playing exclusively in tournaments, why not play head-to-head in a victor take all match? The Tiger-Phil rivalry was one of the biggest stories in golf for a period of time.
This was actually hinted at during The Players Championship a few months ago when Woods and Mickelson jabbed back and forth at each other.
Woods also expressed his excitement: "I'm definitely not against that".
They've been enemies-turned-friends, teammates, rivals and the two most iconic faces in golf this millennium. Overall the two combine for 19 Major victories, 14 of those by Woods and five coming from Mickelson.
The final round of last weekend's Quicken Loans National (in which Woods but not Mickelson played) drew a 2.3 rating and 3.6 million viewers.
"We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing". Mickelson said after a practice round in the week leading up to the Players.
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