Woods, Mickelson in talks for $10 million golf showdown

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

The two biggest names in golf over the past 25 years - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson - are reportedly in conversations about a $10 million, winner-take-all match.

Earlier this week, Golf.com reported that the match almost came to fruition on July 3 in Las Vegas but TV network and corporate negotiations could not completed in time. Mickelson also said that the matchup was originally planned for July 3 in Las Vegas and was a primetime TV special. However, television and a plethora of corporate negotiations did not finish in time hence resulting in the competition to be moved.

"We're working on a different date", Mickelson was quoted as saying on Thursday. They were also paired together in May for the first two rounds of the Players Championship. Woods' last major championship came in 2008, while Mickelson won his last in 2013.

Both Mickelson and Woods started the idea of the much-anticipated showdown in The Masters when both players engaged in a practice round.

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"I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round", Mickelson added. "I thought it was done for the 3rd, but obviously, it wasn't", said an excited Mickelson who is now competing in A Military Tribute held at The Greenbrier. "He's a fun guy to be around".

As we daydream about this match actually happening, it's time for a refresher course on what these two have accomplished.

The once-frosty relationship between Woods and Mickelson seemed to thaw after Team USA lost the 2014 Ryder Cup. While they aren't the top two players in the world anymore, the two remain among the most recognizable names and largest draws in golf.

"Why don't we just bypass all of the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just have kind of a high-stakes winner-take-all match?"

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