For many, November usually signifies the beginning of the holiday season. Spending time with family and giving thanks to those who mean the most to us.
On November 23rd, the Friday following Thanksgiving, the PGA TOUR will give its version of thanks to two men who have meant the most to them over the last couple of decades.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will square off in a head-to-head, made-for-television event in which the winner will take home an astounding $9 million prize. “The Match” as it’s affectionately been named, will be played in a traditional Match Play format, and will take place from Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although no tickets will be available for the public to attend, “The Match” will be available exclusively on Pay-per-view, at a cost of $19.99. The telecast will begin at 3 p.m. EST.
Both players will each be receiving the full heavyweight treatment leading up to, and during the event. HBO’s hit series, “24/7” will spotlight each players preparation, with the first episode set to air on Tuesday, November 13th. During the match, both players will be equipped with microphones, providing viewers with an intimate, “inside the ropes” feel.
What was once considered a great rivalry, has developed into more of a great relationship in recent years. Though Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are both considered past the primes of their careers, both found themselves back in the winner’s circle during the 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season. Mickelson earned his 43rd career TOUR victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship in March, while Woods charged to victory, the 80th of his career, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia in September. Together, the pair is responsible for 123 TOUR wins and 19 major championships.
Woods enters “The Match” as the betting favorite at -200. Mickelson will be a tremendous value bet as an underdog, at +170. Both players will also be encouraged to make selective side bets during the match, raising both the stakes, and the drama.
Mickelson defeats Woods 1 UP in 19 holes.