Golfing legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will face off in November, it has been confirmed, with the two meeting at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas for a one-off round of 18 holes. The winner will walk away with $9m, with the event being promoted as “The Match”.
The sportsmen have claimed 19 majors between them, with the latest coming in 2013 for Mickelson at the Open Championship.
Woods, however, has struggled from a string of injuries and personal issues in recent years with the 42-year-old last winning the 2008 US Open. The world number 26 has shown promise on the course more recently, finishing second at this year’s US PGA Championship to Brooks Koepka.
Mickelson, who is 22nd in the PGA rankings, turned professional in 1992 and opened a Twitter account ahead of the official announcement – the former Ryder Cup team-mates will go head-to-head on Thanksgiving weekend, on 23rd or 24th November.
With The Match to be shown on pay-per-view in America there will be massive public interest. "It's an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don't have much going on in the world of golf," Mickelson said.
"It's a way to show a side you don't normally see by having us mic'd up to hear some of the interaction between us."