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Tiger, Mickelson confirm $12m match

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 23/08/2018 Brett Graham
a person with hat: Tiger Woods played a magnificent approach shot the set up birdie during the final round of the US PGA. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Tiger Woods played a magnificent approach shot the set up birdie during the final round of the US PGA.

“It’s on”

With that two word tweet, former world number one Tiger Woods confirmed he will face off with Phil Mickelson in a head-to-head match in November worth more than $12m.

The match, set down for November 24 (AEST) at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, will be broadcast on pay-per-view and will be winner-take-all.

“It’s a ridiculous amount of money,” Mickelson told “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”

Mickelson and Woods have been long-time rivals, but their relationship has softened in recent years, mainly as a result of working together on the US Ryder Cup taskforce, aimed at reducing the European dominance of the bi-annual event.

No time has yet been finalised for the match, although it’s believed they’re targeting a prime-time finish on the US east coast.

“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.

“It's a way to show a side you don't normally see by having us mic'd up to hear some of the interaction between us.”

“With only two guys, we should have a total different experience with fans, because we will have smaller galleries that won't necessarily have ropes that can walk inside the fairway and up near the greens.

“We'll have mics on both us and our caddies and you'll be able to hear all of the banter as well as commentating that will be more interactive.

“The idea is not just to have this great match but to have this interactive experience so fans can see something that they've never seen in televised golf before.”

As well as the $12m prizemoney, both Woods and Mickelson will have the opportunity to make side-bets during the round, with challenges such as longest drive or closest to the pin.

Woods has won more than $153m in prizemoney during this career on the PGA Tour, while Mickelson has banked nearly $120m.

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