Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are two of the most famous golfers to ever swing a club, and now the longtime rivals will officially do battle in a Sportsbook-take-all exhibition match for $10 million. Odds are out on which man will emerge triumphant, with Woods as the heavy favorite.
‘The Match’ will be played in Las Vegas on November 23.
Woods is listed as the -190 front-runner at Sportsbook, with Mickelson coming back as the +165 underdog. The one-on-one clash had been rumored since May, but it was announced in early August that it would happen as a showdown that’s been unofficially dubbed as “The Match.” Tiger and Phil will play on Friday, November 23 in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek Golf Club, and according to Golf Digest, it won’t be a one-time event. Per the report, the two men are planning to create “a series of high-stakes head-to-head matches featuring many of the world’s top-ranked players, perhaps occurring twice per year – once around July 4 and once at Thanksgiving.”
The pay-per-view event will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern time and can be streamed on Bleacher Report Live for a price of $19.99. The Sportsbook takes the entire jackpot, and no tickets are going to be sold for it. For more information on where to bet on “The Match,” click here.
As far as betting interest goes, the event is going to be a massive draw, and the sportsbook has released a litany of prop specials as a result. You can bet on the shirt colors for both Woods and Mickelson, with white being the +150 favorite for Phil and any other color besides red, white or black the likeliest option for Tiger at +150 odds.
There is also a spread for bettors who are looking for something different, as Mickelson +1.5 is priced at -115 and Woods -1.5 is priced at -115. To get Tiger at +1.5, you’ll have to pay up at -300, while Phil is available for +240 at -1.5 strokes. For a full list of Tiger vs Phil props, head over to our ultimate props page for “The Match.”
‘The Match’ is a long time coming
Woods and Mickelson’s rivalry is well documented and has been contentious at many points in their careers, but the pair have clearly warmed up to each other in recent years. The men have been operating as permanent members in a Ryder Cup committee to provide the American contingent stability for years to come, and Mickelson was very supportive of his peer in Eldrick’s recent return from numerous injuries.
My pick: take Tiger on the -1.5 spread
Betting the Tiger +1.5 number is simply not worth it due to the -300 juice, so taking him on the -1.5 spread is the right choice in my eyes. While some bettors may think “The Match” is going to be a tight one, I think Tiger is going to win by a comfortable margin. While Woods didn’t have his best showing at the Ryder Cup, Mickelson was downright terrible in France. Woods also recently proved he can still win big tournaments by capturing the Tour Championship in September, while Mickelson can’t even come close to matching Tiger’s current form.
While Woods and Mickelson have seemingly mended fences and are on good terms these days, the drama, bragging rights and extremely high stakes of the one-on-one match will be unlike anything the golfing world has ever seen before. Who do you think is going to win? Have your say in the comments.
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