Mickelson confirms date, venue for Tiger Woods match

Justin GreeneAug 05, 2018

The match will be contested on either the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 or 24) and the previously reported $10 million payout also is not set in stone.

The stakes will be high: The reported winner-take-all purse of $10 million would payout more than five times what Masters victor Patrick Reed received in April.

Mickelson told ESPN his wife Amy found the add hilarious because finally, the entire world would get to see the famous Mickelson worm that only close friends had witnessed before the menswear add aired on TV.

Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are longtime competitors dating back to their days playing junior golf in Southern California.

The pair played a practice round together during preparation for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational taking place this weekend. 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. A sometimes-contentious relationship between Woods and Mickelson has thawed in recent years.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods shaking hands at the Players Championship in May will play in a winner-take-all tournament scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend

"I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round", he said.

Woods replied, "I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", he said.

At Carnoustie, Masters champion Patrick Reed said it would be even more interesting if the prize money on offer was being put up by the contestants themselves.

It's expected both Woods and Mickelson will play a major part in the U.S Ryder Cup team in September.

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