Report: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson planning $10-million grudge matchOctober 11, 2018
Golf greats Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning a $10-million winner-take-all grudge match that will air on prime-time television, Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck is reporting.
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“The iconic Tiger Woods and five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson are generational talents who have transcended the game of golf and their rivalry continues to be one of the most compelling in the history of sports,” said David Levy, President of Turner. “This one-of-a-kind, winner-take-all matchup provides a great opportunity to harness the assets within the AT&T and WarnerMedia portfolio. For the first time since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), Turner, DirecTV and HBO will come together to present a multi-faceted presentation of the live event and accompanying content across a vast array of platforms.”
This is an event that was originally planned for July 3 in Las Vegas, Shipnuck says, but ultimately couldn’t come together in time.
With that said, the pair – who have combined for 122 PGA Tour wins and 19 major championships – are working together to make this fantasy event happen.
“We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson told Golf.com Thursday. “I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn’t.”
I bet you think this is the easiest $9M you will ever make😂
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 22, 2018
Eldrick Tont better known as “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time, and one of the most popular athletes of the 21st century. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
Philip Alfred Mickelson, nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 43 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship. Mickelson is one of 16 players in the history of golf to win at least three of the four majors.
No other details were provided, but ESPN reported earlier this month the one-on-one showdown – dubbed simply ‘The Match – will take place on either Friday (23 November) or Saturday (24 November) at Shadow Creek Golf Course with a purse to be determined. Initial reports by Golf.com in July indicated it would be for a “winner-take-all” sum of $10m, although Mickelson referenced a purse of $9m on Wednesday.
Woods and Mickelson, the two richest and most decorated golfers of their generation, rank first and second on the career money leaderboard (with $112.2m and $87.6m respectively), with Woods having won 14 major titles and 79 tournaments compared to five majors and 42 tour wins for Mickelson.
Pay-per-view pricing for the live event will be announced at a later date. The media rights agreement with Turner was completed in partnership between CAA Sports, Excel Sports and Lagardere Sports.