Tiger Woods v Phil Mickelson: The Match – live!


  • Woods and Mickelson meet in $9m showdown at Shadow Creek
  • Tiger v Phil: The Match is a merely vulgar $9m marketing exercise
  • Woods and Mickleson’s face-off attempt ends in laughter – video
  • 6.41pm GMT Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s our Ewan Murray’s take on today’s winner-take-all showdown. 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.

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