There's a $10m winner-take-all purse to be won next month when Tiger Woods takes on Phil Mickelson in a unique showdown in Las Vegas. Mike Norman has the details...
"Now regarded as 'buddies' who enjoy a friendly rivalry, next month's showdown promises to be a serious 18-hole matchplay competition with the winner pocketing the full $10m purse."
Tiger Woods has been priced up as the early 1/2 favourite to beat Phil Mickelson in a 18-hole winner-takes-all matchplay event on Friday 23 November.
Dubbed the Showdown at Shadow Creek, the two biggest money-winners in golf history will compete against each other at the venue of the same name in Las Vegas for a prize of $10m. Mickelson is available to back at 6/4.
Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, were once bitter rivals when competing to be known as the best golfer in the world, and although it was the former who dominated that particular battle it was Lefty who generally won the hearts of the golfing public.
Now regarded as 'buddies' who enjoy a friendly rivalry, next month's showdown promises to be a serious 18-hole matchplay competition with the winner pocketing the full $10m purse.
Winners this season but disastrous Ryder Cup campaigns
With both men not expected to play much competitive golf on the PGA Tour wrap-around season between now and the event it will be Woods who will arrive in Las Vegas in better form, fresh off winning the season-ending Tour Championship that capped a stunning comeback from years of personal problems and major injuries.
Mickelson produced his own fairytale victory of sorts when winning his first PGA Tour event in five years when capturing the WGC Mexico Championship in March of this year, but his form tailed off badly as the season concluded.
But in terms of matchplay, both Woods and Mickelson would rather forget their most recent exploits after losing a combined seven matches out of seven in USA's thumping defeat by Europe at the Ryder Cup just a fortnight ago.
Advantage Lefty but only just
Interestingly the two players have been paired together 35 times in strokeplay events, and although you play the course (rather than the man) in most scenarios in that format it's Lefty who comes out marginally on top, bettering Tiger's score on 16 occasions (15 to Woods and four ties).
Does that record give Mickelson the edge at 6/4, or is the 1/2 about the more in-form Woods a solid wager? Only time will tell.
*We will have a full preview of this unique event with a full array of side markets to bet on in the week leading up to the showdown.