It was the highlight for most Americans (and Canadian golf fans) long weekend as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods faced off in “The Match” Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas with the winner walking away with 9 million dollars.
Mickelson beat Woods after 22 holes, finishing in the dark under the lights at Shadow Creek Golf Club.
It took until the 17th hole for the round to get interesting, as Tiger pitched in a beautiful birdie, but after four play off holes it was all over.
Mickelson earned $9 million for winning that round of golf. He also won another $600, 000 via various side challenges him and Woods set up that will be donated to charity.
Mickelson has struggled on the course recently winning only one title on the PGA Tour since 2013, so beating the lately successful Woods definitely boosted his confidence. Mickelson and Woods were very vocal with each other the whole round taking it all in, and keeping things light.
Mickelson said to Woods after the match: “Just know I will never let you live that down. It’s not the Masters or the U.S. Open, but it is nice to have a little something on you.”
Woods said he enjoyed the match, even if he was on the losing end.
For those die hard golf fans, watching the match was more difficult than expected. Due to the fact that only 700 guests were invited to Shadow Creek, millions had to watch on their televisions. To watch was $19.95, but due to various technical difficulties there were 500 people on hold at one point trying to get assistance.
The vibe of “The Match” was a lot like the Masters but a lot smaller crowd and with a lot more successful people dressed to impress. Very few Canadians were in attendance.
The big guys in golf will take a break from the PGA Tour, but will be back on the course and your televisions in the new year.