Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will tee it up in Las Vegas this Friday for what’s being billed as “The Match.”
The duel between the two legends will include a $9 million payday to the winner, and all kinds of delicious side bets. Despite being downplayed by the media, especially following a disappointing Ryder Cup performance, sports fans seem to be all in on the action, specifically related to gambling.
The cost to watch The Match will set you back $19.99, but with the broadcast offering live odds (match, hole by hole, and even each shot), along with drone footage and on-course live interviews with the players, it may be a worthwhile investment for those laying down some coin. It’ll also be uncensored (so, yes, you’ll be able to wager as to how many f-bombs, and whatnot, are dropped).
Mickelson, in fact, has already wagered $200,000 on a prop bet that he’ll birdie the first hole.
“This event is designed to be a unique experience for a golf viewer, and to have an insight into what goes on with the players to create a production from drone coverage to on-screen gambling to live mics and interaction,” said Mickelson on Tuesday.
“It’s an insight into the game that you’re not normally able to see. That’s why we’ve chosen each decision. It’s why it’s on pay-per-view. We had to eliminate the commercials to have that insight in between shots.”
Bottomline, it promises to be one of the more unique viewing experiences golf fans have ever witnessed.
Tournament: The Match: Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson
Dates: Nov. 23, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Course: Shadow Creek Golf Course
Distance: Par 72 / 7,706 yards
Architect: Greg Norman
Format: 18-holes, match play
Purse: $9 million
Winning Share: $9 million
Time: 3:00 pm EST
TV: Major cable and satellite providers
Stream: B/R Live, AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse
TALE OF THE TAPE
PAIRINGS OVER THE YEARS
Woods and Mickelson have been paired together 37 times in a PGA Tour tournament with Woods coming out ahead 18 times to Mickelson’s 15, with four (4) ties.
VIDEO: FULL PRESS CONFERENCE
The full press conference with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Shadow Creek Golf Course ahead of The Match.
TOP BETTING LINES
All bets based on $100 wager. Ex: -190 means bet $100 to win $100 (lose $190), +150 means bet $100 to win $150 (lose $100).
Tiger Woods -190
Phil Mickelson +150
Tiger Woods By 2 or More -110
Woods By 3 or More +175
Woods By 4 or More +350
Woods By 5 or More +800
Phil Mickelson By 2 or More +275
Mickelson By 3 or More +450
Mickelson By 4 or More +800
Mickelson By 5 or More +2000
To Lead After 3 Holes
Tiger Woods +135
Phil Mickelson +185
To Take Lead First
Tiger Woods -135
Phil Mickelson +105
First To Go 2 Up
Tiger Woods -155
Phil Mickelson +120
Either Player To Hit A Shot Out Of Bounds
Either Player To Hit A Shot Into A Water Hazard
Hole 1: Will Phil Mickelson Hit Fairway
Hole 1: Will Tiger Woods Hit Fairway
The two superstars sit down with Bloomberg’s Vonnie Quinn ahead of their pay-per-view match to discuss their history, and the impact of gambling on the sport of golf.