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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Planning $10 Million Winner-Take-All Duel

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 07, 2018 08:58 AM EDT
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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods renew their rivalry as they clash in a $10 million winner-take-all game later this year. Mickelson and Woods will also be competing in the Open Championship in two weeks' time. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)

Golf legends Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods will battle each other in a $10 million winner-take-all, 18-hole death game on national television.

Woods and Mickelson who have accomplished a combined total of 122 PGA tour victories to go along with 19 majors were originally set to cross paths on July 3rd at the Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. 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. I thought it was done for the 3rd, but obviously, it wasn't," said an excited Mickelson who is currently competing in A Military Tribute held at The Greenbrier.

Both Mickelson and Woods started the idea of the much-anticipated showdown in The Masters when both players engaged in a practice round. The proposition took a step further when Mickelson and Woods became teammates at the Players Championship.

A Battle For The Ages

The match between Woods and Mickelson is set to draw the attention of everyone most especially both players have decided to miked up in the competition. The two stars are widely recognized as among the most feared trash talkers in the world of golf.

Additionally, Woods and Mickelson have also built a long-standing rivalry that still dates back to their junior golf matches in Southern California. The two were also teammates in the 2004 Ryder Cup wherein they ended up losing both games.

Mickelson who is currently ranked 20th in the world has regained his top form back after scoring his first victory since 2013 at the WGC Mexico Championships. The 48-year-old Mickelson is currently on a busy schedule as he is set to compete in the Scottish Open next week. He will also be doing practice sessions at the venue of the Ryder Cup in France and at the Carnoustie which will play host for The Open in two weeks.

On the other hand, the 42-year-old Woods is fresh off a fourth-place finish in the Quicken Loans National. The 67th-ranked Woods is set to compete alongside Mickelson in The Open Championship. Woods hasn't won a single event this year.

Woods is the top active earner on the PGA accumulating more than $111 million with the exclusion of endorsements. Mickelson is in far second earning over $87 million. Mickelson and Woods are hoping that their exhibition match would lead into a number of exhibition matches featuring other players in the next years to come.  

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