It may about 15 years too late, but apparently, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are going to square off in a made-for-television event in the near future. According to Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com, Woods and Mickelson have agreed to play a "winner-take-all, 18-hole death match" that will be broadcast live.
Shipnuck actually reports that the event almost took place on July 3, but the logistics didn't work themselves out in time. Instead, both sides remain "committed" to making it happen in the near future. The prize will reportedly be $10 million - and it's not sure where it'll come from right now.
Why is this happening? At the Players back in May, Mickelson joked that he and Woods should "bypass all the ancillary stuff" and just have a head-to-head match. Here's the quote:
"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match. Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but 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."
Woods responded, joking that he'd be willing to play for whatever makes Mickelson "feel uncomfortable." Now, it appears to be happening.
There is no date set for the event, but it actually does look like this is going to come to fruition. The irony, of course, is that neither player is in his prime anymore.
Woods and Mickelson were once heated rivals, with Woods getting the best of the lefty more often than not. We'll see if that happens again this time.
Could this be the start of made-for-television events in golf? It would certainly liven up the sport - that's for sure.