Phil and Tiger’s “The Match” Already Boasts $200,000 Side Bet

Mickelson already baited Woods into the large side wager as part of their winner-take-all match.

Pro golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face-off during a press conference before The Match.
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Well, that didn’t take long.

We are still more than 48 hours away from tee-off, but Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods already have a massive side bet on their $9 million winner-take-all match in Las Vegas.

At a news conference on Tuesday to promote “The Match” on Black Friday, Mickelson wasted no time in throwing a side wager Woods’ way.

“I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me,” Mickelson said. “And I believe – in fact I’m willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that’s how good I feel heading into this match.”

After going back and forth, Woods had a clear response: “Double it,” he said.

The first tee at Shadow Creek is a 415-yard par 4.

Though Woods is favored to win “The Match” outright, Mickelson is ready for the challenge of facing his longtime rival.

“This is a unique opportunity to do something that I’ve had a hard time doing, which is to get a leg up on Tiger even if it’s just one day,” Mickelson said. “It’s great to win the $9 million, but I just don’t want to lose to him. The bragging rights are the thing. I want to be able to rub it in; I don’t want it to be rubbed in. I want to sit in the champions locker room at Augusta [National, home of the Masters] and talk smack.”

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