On November 23, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play one-on-one for $9 million in one of the most highly anticipated winner-take-all affairs in modern sports history.
The Thanksgiving Weekend golfing smackdown will be aired by Turner Sports via pay-per-view telecast from Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don’t have much going on in the world of golf,” Mickelson said Wednesday after his pro-am round at Ridgewood Country Club ahead of Thursday’s Northern Trust Open.
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“It’s a way to show a side you don’t normally see by having us miked up to hear some of the interaction between us.”
The details of the event of the match play format are still being worked out, but preliminary indication is that Mickelson and Woods will compete in challenges such as longest drive, closest to the hole, longest put and closest out of a bunker. The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas has Woods at minus-180 to win the event outright, with Mickelson at plus-150.
The Tiger Woods show continues this weekend at the FedEx Cup Playoffs where the living legend tees off on Thursday at 7:45 am at The Northern Trust.
“We’re going to have fun doing something that’s never been done before have on pay-per-view, trying to showcase golf in a different way,” Woods said Thursday. “I was able to do something similar to this under the lights, the Battle of the Bridges and Sherwood [in the early 2000s], just trying to do something different.
“I think it’s going to be fun for everyone because we’re in a different era than we were in those days. We’re able to showcase golf at a different time and different platforms and I think this will be fun.”