Phil Mickelson edges Tiger Woods in playoff to earn $9m cash prize

24 November, 2018, 07:23 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Phil Mickelson Loses $200k Bet to Tiger Woods

Mickelson had several putts to win earlier in the match that failed to drop, but he made no mistake on the final go at the par-three, 93-yard hole for the winner-take-all triumph.

"I know big picture, your career is the greatest of all time", Mickelson, who has 43 career victories and five majors, said of Woods. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished under floodlights.

It was an outlandish overexaggeration, but the bottom line was the golf was just not that compelling, especially on a lovely course where earlier in the week Mickelson suggested the victor would need to shoot "63 or 64" to win the match. Not one to back down, Woods upped the ante and suggested the stake should be $200,000.

Both players shot 69 in the regulation holes, with Woods making six birdies and three bogeys.

Five of those resulted in no victor - with the most significant being a $1 million eagle challenge on the par-4 ninth - but Mickelson took home three others after losing the first, a guaranteed $200,000 birdie on the first hole, which was set up earlier this week.

The tone for the match was set on the opening green as both players missed good birdie chances from around 10 feet, with Mickelson finding himself $200,000 down after one hole having failed to make good on his promise to start with a three.

They both parred the 18th and then played it again, with Woods holding a clear advantage after Mickelson found a greenside bunker and had to blast to 30 feet.

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Woods missed his 8-foot birdie effort for the huge payday.

They then went to the makeshift playoff hole, where a tee was put on the putting green and measured 93 yards to a new hole cut on the 18th green.

For the event to be compelling, Woods needed to have more of his game on display.

Tiger and Phil are tied after 11 holes. Winnings from the side bets will reportedly go to charity.

Those side bets were to be paid to the respective players' charitable foundations with the players' own funds. A match sorely lacking drama got some when Woods chipped in for a birdie at the 17th. Going from a potential putt for $9 million, Mickelson instead pulled the putt left of the cup, squaring the match going to the 18th hole.

The truth is, Woods appeared rusty and far less motivated to play at his best in a match that Mickelson made no secret about wanting to win.

"We were going back and forth".

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