Rumor has it, champion golfers and longtime rivals Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning a one-on-one $10 million winner-take-all match.
Apparently, talks were underway for such a contest to take place this past Tuesday, according to Golf.com, but there wasn’t enough time to get a TV network and sponsors onboard. But both legends allegedly want to make it happen.
The made-for-TV matchup comes as both golfers returned to competitive play this year after battling injuries and other personal setbacks. They both played a closely-watched practice round together at The Masters in April. Then they were paired up during the first two rounds of the Players Championship in May, when Mickelson threw out the idea that he and Woods play head-to-head.
“Why don’t we just bypass all of the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just have kind of a high-stakes winner-take-all match?” Mickelson said at the time. “Now, I don’t know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would really be fun for us to do.
“I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round,” Mickelson added.
Intrigued, Woods jokingly responded, “I’m definitely not against that. We’ll play for whatever makes him feel uncomfortable.”
The once-frosty relationship between Woods and Mickelson seemed to thaw after Team USA lost the 2014 Ryder Cup. Mickelson took aim at the team for the poor performance and Woods, who didn’t play on the team, joined a task force following Mickelson’s rant as they worked together to fix the national team’s woes.
In 2016, Woods was a vice captain when Team USA won the Ryder Cup that reportedly strengthened their bond. Mickelson also has been credited with helping Woods readjust his game.
But the real question is- will fans care to watch two aging stars play against each other??
Well, while Woods tied for 32nd place at The Masters and Mickelson tied for 36th place, the final round of the tournament drew more than 13 million viewers.
So, there could be an interest in this dream match play that’s probably 10 years later than most golf fans prefer. Better late than never?