But we know who lost on it … the fans. Through the opening three holes it is still Mickelson who is holding the one shot lead. Mickelson was in the rough on the edge of the green on his second stroke but he had a terrible wedge out of the grass and was a long way out. Phil matchup is being billed as a once in a lifetime event, sportsbooks are not expecting it to rule the day at the ticket counter. The audience for this is probably not large! This ought to be the Tiger and Phil Show in more than a pure golf sense. We will go to Hole 19! It was representative of his entire day.
A declarative verdict: The Match should be fun. Many people remain less than thrilled with the small talk during the holes. Mickelson did hit the ball well throughout. Tiger's approach shot lands right next to the hole, yielding him a conceded birdie and putting the pressure on Mickelson to make a long birdie putt, which rolls past the hole. Tiger goes driver too and flails this one out to the right. This one ends up in light rough about 40 feet past the pin. Mickelson responds what odds would he get with Tiger 40 yards past him in the fairway? He may have the slight advantage here.
Hole 20: Par 3, 93 yards The hole will be re-cut and will turn into a short par 3, with the putting green serving as the tee box. We're tied heading into the 18th hole — Bleacher Report Live brlive During the match, the two had side bets to add some pressure to the day and to give money to charity. Mistakes were made and it could have been better in spots, but what you want is a close match and the margin was never more than 1-up. Mickelson is dominating all of the side bets with the only one Woods has won being the missed putt on the opening hole from Mickelson. Mickelson thought he was in the water, so that is lucky.
Apologies to Joey LaCava and Tim Mickelson, but a couple talented producers are more important to the success of this exhibition than a couple of caddies. Pay-per-view pricing for the live event will be announced at a later date. Both have a chance at the long par-5, but as has been the case all day, neither can make anything happen. Some entertaining Twitter content as well. Mickelson hits the left lip on his potential winning birdie putt and it scurries a foot by. It will be a reason to avoid your relatives and shopping on Thanksgiving weekend.
Finally, if not Phil, who would you most want to see Tiger go head-to-head with in this kind of match? So far, Mickelson looks much sharper. Think LeBron James and Steph Curry, or Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, playing H-O-R-S-E for millions. With one of the game's four major tournaments teeing off on Thursday, TheWrap compiled the list of all 17 multi-time Masters champions. You have a brilliant, sometimes too-brilliant for his own good, golf mind scouting the course for a very specific purpose against a specific opponent. On the second playing of No.
Tiger now needs to make for the halve. For non-golfers, a birdie means a score of 1-under par. Nine of these polo-shirt wearers have won the 72-hole competition twice, which means the other eight own three or more green jackets. To Mickelson, the format will truly allow viewers to get inside the ropes in a way they never have before. Yes -350 No +230 When will match be closed out by winner? Money will be donated to the winning golfer's charity of choice.
But overall some lackluster play and uninspired atmosphere has made this all a little ho-hum. Yep, of course Tiger arrives in red. Well, if the challenge is choosing a dinner guest, the players on the European Tour have delivered a resounding decision: Tiger Woods. We will live blog The Match here throughout Friday afternoon. Tiger held his nerve with a five-foot putt and conceded the putt to Phil.
His pre-round side bet was that he would make a birdie at No. This one goes a good 3-4 feet by. These guys have each endured hardships, hard times where they reached out to each other. Neither golfer was on top of their game, as the putting issues extended beyond just the tail end of the round at the challenging course. Tiger for the win… that was surprising.