Woods vs Mickelson in $9 million Vegas duel

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Two of the greats in the sport of golf, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, are going head-to-head in November in a winner-takes-it-all exhibition match.

The Americans, who have 19 major championship titles between them, will face off in the 18-hole event at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas on 23 or 24 November with $9 million on the line.

Woods confirmed โ€œThe Matchโ€ on social media, saying: โ€œIt’s onโ€.

Mickelson, who has attracted almost 100,000 followers in less than 24 hours on Twitter, replied to Woods, saying: โ€œI bet you think this is the easiest $9M you will ever make.โ€

The possibility of a duel between the former Ryder Cup team-mates has been mooted repeatedly down the years.

Woods is a 14-time major winner and has won over ยฃ88 million in prize money on the PGA Tour in comparison to Mickelson’s ยฃ68 million.

โ€œIt’s an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don’t have much going on in the world of golf,โ€ Mickelsonย told ESPN.

โ€œIt’s a way to show a side you don’t normally see by having us mic’d up to hear some of the interaction between us.โ€

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Tiger Woods (left) Phil Mickelson (right)

Despite the good-natured approach, there is no chance of the duo sharing the purse, with Mickelson saying that the event had to be winner-takes-all.

โ€œIf you [don’t] do that, it undermines it,โ€ Mickelson said.

โ€œThe whole point is the winner-take-all thing. That’s the exciting part about it.โ€

Former world number one Woods returned to golf this year after missing most of the previous two years due to recurring back problems.

โ€œThis entire year has been so different,โ€ Woods said. โ€œIโ€™ve had excitement, Iโ€™ve had people into it over the years, but this has been so different.

โ€œI guess everyone knows it: Iโ€™ve struggled, Iโ€™ve had some back pain, Iโ€™ve gone through four surgeries and Iโ€™m trying to work my way back, and itโ€™s been tough, and people understand that.โ€

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Asked how he would characterize the difference, Woods said, โ€œI think that people are more appreciative.โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t want to make that sound wrong or anything,โ€ he continued, โ€œbut they know Iโ€™m at the tail end of my career. And I donโ€™t know how many more years I have left, but Iโ€™m certainly not like I was when I was 22. At 42, this is a different ballgame.โ€

The 42-year-old finished tied for sixth at The Open and was second at the PGA Championship earlier this month while 48-year-old Mickelson missed the cut.

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