Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson to Play for $10 Million

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

Plans to stage the made-for-television event on July 3 in Las Vegas fell through, according to the report, but representatives for 14-time major champion Woods and five-time major victor Mickelson remain committed to making it happen. The two were also paired at this year's Players tournament sparking Mickelson to ruminate about a one-on-one game between the two.

"We're working on a different date", Mickelson told the website. "I thought it was done for the third (of July), but obviously it wasn't". Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson is reportedly in the works and has the golfing world buzzing.

As for official golf, after the Greenbrier, Mickelson is scheduled to play a practice round Monday at the site of the Ryder Cup in France as well as a practice round at Carnoustie, site of The Open in two weeks.

"A "$10 million winner-take-all, 18-hole death match" is how it's being billed by Golf.com, and it's got the sport's two highest-profile "frenemies" vying for the kitty. 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?

According to Golf.com's Alan Shipnuck, the idea started at this year's Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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Mickelson, six years older than Woods at 48, confirmed their respective managers are working together to get what would be one of the greatest head-to-head matches in a very long time back on the calendar.

"I'm definitely not against that and we'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", replied Woods.

It's Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson for $10 million.

Woods and Mickelson are the top two active earners on the PGA Tour (Woods with over $111 million, Mickelson with over $87 million) and have made plenty more off of endorsements. Many golf fans have been wondering if these two will ever face each other in a competitive round. "It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson says. "We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing", Mickelson said.

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