The two richest and most decorated golfers of their generation, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, are in negotiations about a high-stakes winner takes all exhibition match. The match was set to be played in Las Vegas earlier this month, but Mickelson said that it fell through. However, he commented that both golfers are committed to making this $10m match happen.
Even though Woods and Mickelson rank first and second in the career prize money leaderboard ($111.9m and $87.6m respectively), the $10m prize money represents a huge pay day for one of the players. Mickelson said “it’s a ridiculous amount of money. No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”
The idea was floated by Mickelson when he was paired with Woods in a practice round at Augusta before the Masters. Woods has also expressed his interest when he jokingly said “I’m definitely not against that. We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable.”