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Friday, 23 November 2018

Mickelson beats Tiger for $9m payday


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'The Match' promised to deliver plenty of side bets between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and the legendary pair didn't hold back.

In addition to the whopping $US9 million won by Mickelson in the lucrative, one-off 18-hole exhibition, the pay-per-view golfing first also saw each player make hefty bets throughout the round.

The biggest of them was on the par 3 13th hole at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. Woods bet Mickelson that he would get his tee shot closest to the pin, laying down $US300,000 out of his own pocket.

"Closest to for three [hundred thousand]?" Woods asked Mickelson before his tee shot.

"Alright," Mickelson agreed, nonchalantly.

Unfortunately for Woods - the favourite to win the unique matchplay contest - Mickelson hit his shot closer.

The made-for-TV spectacle was the first time gambling and sports has been so overtly aligned in a US sports broadcast.

Mickelson went on to take out the massive $US9 million ($A12 million) in prizemoney after a tense playoff finally ended after sundown on the 22nd hole.

Tiger wins $200k on first hole of The Match

Mickelson won a total of $US600,000 in three side bets during the day and Woods won one challenge worth $US200,000, with all the money from those bets promised to be donated to charities of their choosing.

The Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation contributed the proceeds from winning bets to Birdies for the Brave, Generation Justice, Children of the 58, and "others", according to Mickelson.

Right from the beginning, 'The Match' resembled more of a casual weekend round rather than a professional matchplay event.

Woods matched Mickelson's $US100,000 bet to birdie the very first hole, however Mickelson missed his putt.

"That hurts the pocket," Woods, who was mic'd up, was heard saying.

Phil wins $200k from Tiger in closest to the pin

On the eighth hole Mickelson won back $US200,000 in another closest to the pin contest.

"It was made for TV, it was fun and competitive but at the end of the day we're going to help a lot of people," Woods said after he lost the playoff to his longtime rival.

With lights set up around the tee and green in the dark, Mickelson made a four-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the match on a specially set up 93-yard par 3 hole when a winner couldn't be decided replaying the 18th.

Mickelson was one-up after 16 holes but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th hole.

Tiger's clutch chip-in

Both birdied the par-5 18th and then parred the first play-off hole before it went to the par-3 extra hole that they kept playing until there was a winner.

Only 700 invited guests were allowed to watch the event, with the rest forced to watch via pay-per-view.

It was marred by technical difficulties however. Viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $US19.99. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.

"A day like today is not going to take anything away from his greatness, he's the greatest of all time, but to be able to have just a little of some smack talk for the next few years means a lot to me because I don't have much on him," Mickelson said.

"I never thought we would go to that extra hole, my heart can't take much more of it."

Even the possibility of winning a $1m side bet for an eagle on the par-four ninth failed to produce any quality play. After being pegged back on more than one occasion, Mickelson edged in front again when Woods bogeyed the 15th.

Mickelson looked set to have a putt to win the match on the 17th when Woods missed the green with his tee shot.

However, 14-time major champion Woods chipped in for an unlikely birdie and Mickelson could not match it from 12 feet, meaning the match was all square heading to the 18th.

"You've been doing that crap to me for 20 years, I don't know why I'm surprised now," Mickelson told Woods.

https://twitter.com/brlive/status/1066138683076685824

Both made birdies on the par-5 to send the match to extra holes. The players returned to the 18th for the first play-off hole and Woods missed from seven feet for a winning birdie.

Mickelson missed from 20-feet for a winning birdie on the first playing of the 93-yard makeshift hole and from five feet the second time but made no mistake at the third time of asking to finally seal victory.

"It was a very special day and I'll always be appreciative for the opportunity," Mickelson said.

"We just wanted to have an opportunity to go head-to-head.

"I think it well, we enjoyed it. I'm curious to see how the people responded. We were just trying to do something special, unique, different. We were able to break the old school mold of the golf telecast presentation."

- with AAP

'The Match' promised to deliver plenty of side bets between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and the legendary pair didn't hold back.

In addition to the whopping $US9 million won by Mickelson in the lucrative, one-off 18-hole exhibition, the pay-per-view golfing first also saw each player make hefty bets throughout the round.

The biggest of them was on the par 3 13th hole at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. Woods bet Mickelson that he would get his tee shot closest to the pin, laying down $US300,000 out of his own pocket.

"Closest to for three [hundred thousand]?" Woods asked Mickelson before his tee shot.

"Alright," Mickelson agreed, nonchalantly.

Unfortunately for Woods - the favourite to win the unique matchplay contest - Mickelson hit his shot closer.

The made-for-TV spectacle was the first time gambling and sports has been so overtly aligned in a US sports broadcast.

Mickelson went on to take out the massive $US9 million ($A12 million) in prizemoney after a tense playoff finally ended after sundown on the 22nd hole.

Tiger wins $200k on first hole of The Match

Mickelson won a total of $US600,000 in three side bets during the day and Woods won one challenge worth $US200,000, with all the money from those bets promised to be donated to charities of their choosing.

The Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation contributed the proceeds from winning bets to Birdies for the Brave, Generation Justice, Children of the 58, and "others", according to Mickelson.

Right from the beginning, 'The Match' resembled more of a casual weekend round rather than a professional matchplay event.

Woods matched Mickelson's $US100,000 bet to birdie the very first hole, however Mickelson missed his putt.

"That hurts the pocket," Woods, who was mic'd up, was heard saying.

Phil wins $200k from Tiger in closest to the pin

On the eighth hole Mickelson won back $US200,000 in another closest to the pin contest.

"It was made for TV, it was fun and competitive but at the end of the day we're going to help a lot of people," Woods said after he lost the playoff to his longtime rival.

With lights set up around the tee and green in the dark, Mickelson made a four-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the match on a specially set up 93-yard par 3 hole when a winner couldn't be decided replaying the 18th.

Mickelson was one-up after 16 holes but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th hole.

Tiger's clutch chip-in

Both birdied the par-5 18th and then parred the first play-off hole before it went to the par-3 extra hole that they kept playing until there was a winner.

Only 700 invited guests were allowed to watch the event, with the rest forced to watch via pay-per-view.

It was marred by technical difficulties however. Viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $US19.99. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.

"A day like today is not going to take anything away from his greatness, he's the greatest of all time, but to be able to have just a little of some smack talk for the next few years means a lot to me because I don't have much on him," Mickelson said.

"I never thought we would go to that extra hole, my heart can't take much more of it."

Even the possibility of winning a $1m side bet for an eagle on the par-four ninth failed to produce any quality play. After being pegged back on more than one occasion, Mickelson edged in front again when Woods bogeyed the 15th.

Mickelson looked set to have a putt to win the match on the 17th when Woods missed the green with his tee shot.

However, 14-time major champion Woods chipped in for an unlikely birdie and Mickelson could not match it from 12 feet, meaning the match was all square heading to the 18th.

"You've been doing that crap to me for 20 years, I don't know why I'm surprised now," Mickelson told Woods.

https://twitter.com/brlive/status/1066138683076685824

Both made birdies on the par-5 to send the match to extra holes. The players returned to the 18th for the first play-off hole and Woods missed from seven feet for a winning birdie.

Mickelson missed from 20-feet for a winning birdie on the first playing of the 93-yard makeshift hole and from five feet the second time but made no mistake at the third time of asking to finally seal victory.

"It was a very special day and I'll always be appreciative for the opportunity," Mickelson said.

"We just wanted to have an opportunity to go head-to-head.

"I think it well, we enjoyed it. I'm curious to see how the people responded. We were just trying to do something special, unique, different. We were able to break the old school mold of the golf telecast presentation."

- with AAP https://ift.tt/2qYhyAC
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