Woods and Mickelson meet in $9m showdown at Shadow Creek
Tiger v Phil: The Match is a merely vulgar $9m marketing
Woods and Mickleson’s face-off attempt ends in laughter –
Bryan will be here shortly.
In the meantime
here’s our Ewan Murray’s take
on today’s winner-take-all
Removing the whiff of vulgarity will be no mean feat as “The
Match” tees off on Friday in Las Vegas. Those already offended by
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing off in an exhibition match
that cannot even be deemed glorified will not have been placated by
the promotional images of them surrounded by bundles of banknotes
that emerged in recent days. Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney
immediately sprung to mind. Enfield was at least garish as a comedy
routine as opposed to partaking in a tawdry marketing exercise.
With Samuel L Jackson joining Charles Barkley as part of the
coverage team, US residents will be charged $20 should they choose
to take in this matchplay contest, in which participants will wear
microphones, the public cannot gain entry and $9m (almost £7m) is
available to the winner. That pot was reduced by $1m after a quiet
appeal by the PGA Tour, keen to protect the, ahem, authenticity of
its FedEx Cup playoffs bonus.
Woods v Mickelson: The Match is merely a vulgar $9m marketing