The golf website, golf.com, reports a proposed head-to-head golf match in Las Vegas between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for $10 million, winner-take-all, is still in the works.
Reporter Alan Shipnuck revealed the mega-match was tentatively scheduled for July 3rd in Southern Nevada, but was postponed because the negotiations, involving a major television network and various corporate entities, couldn't be accomplished in time.
Both Woods and Mickelson remain committed to making it happen as soon as possible. "We're working on a different date," Mickelson said on Thursday. "I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn't."
Woods's representatives have not commented.
The possibility of a match between the two superstars came to light in April, at the Masters, when Tiger and Phil, major rivals for decades played a practice round together in Augusta. Shadow Creek, the Steve Wynn-built but now MGM Resorts International-owned ultra-private course in North Las Vegas, is expected to be the venue for the competition.
GamingToday handicapper Richard Saber said he makes the match “pick em” but notes such a contest would be a major wagering event worldwide with in-game betting and numerous proposition wagers likely to be offered.
Shipnuck notes that the Tiger-Phil relationship has warmed recently because it is good for business, in the manner in which rivals Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus became more friendly adversaries over the years. Woods, now 42 and experiencing a recent resurgence on the PGA Tour after back surgery, is 5 years younger than Mickelson.