Woods and Mickelson set for $10m head-to-head clash

  • Woods and Mickelson set for $10m head-to-head clash

Woods and Mickelson set for $10m head-to-head clash

The one-on-one match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will take place over Thanksgiving at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, reports ESPN's Mike Greenberg. Golf.com had initially reported last month that the players were in negotiations for a "winner take all" competition.

The pair played a practice round together during preparation for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational taking place this weekend. Woods has done seemingly everything except win to this point in 2018.

Rumblings of a Woods-Mickelson showdown surfaced a few weeks ago, with Mickelson telling Golf.com's Alan Shipnuck the event almost took place July 3 in Vegas.

Even for Woods and Mickelson, who rank first and second on the career money leaderboard (with $112.2m and $87.6m respectively), the prize is a difference-maker.

Mickelson, 48, has said it could turn into a regular exhibition event, in the same way that top tennis stars play each other away from the regular tour. When they were paired at the Players Championship a month later, marking the first time they'd played in the same group at any PGA Tour event in almost four years, Mickelson proposed the idea. "We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable".

Depending on the success of this event, both Woods and Mickelson hope this starts a series of events of a similar nature, pitting individuals or small teams against one another with a high purse at stake.

"We're working on a different date", Mickelson told Alan Shipnuck.