Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson to play one on one for ₹68 crore prize pot

Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson (right) - InsideSport

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be engaged in a one-on-one match play for a ₹68 crore prize purse.

It can’t get any bigger for golfs fan around the world. The two most successful and the highest prize money winning golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play against each other in one on one match.

Phil Mickelson has confirmed reports that he and fellow American golfing great Tiger Woods are in talks over a potential US$10 million (Rs. 68 Crore) winner-take-all match.

The five-time major winner, 48-year-old Mickelson has confirmed that a report published last Friday by Golf.com was “accurate”, but did not add further details regarding a date or location.“The report was accurate, but I don’t know what else to say,” Mickelson told the Golf Channel on Sunday. “I’m sure as soon as we know more, we’ll fill you in. But right now, I don’t have much more to add to it.”

Woods and Mickelson rank first and second for career earnings in golf, with US$111.9m and US$87.6m respectively, according to the PGA Tour website. Mickelson is said to have first broached the idea when he and Woods were paired together, along with Rickie Fowler, during the first two rounds of The Players Championship. According to Mickelson, the prospect of a US$10 million prize was enough to grab the attention of both players.

Golf.com has reported that the match was close to being agreed for 3rd July in Las Vegas, but the deal fell through because TV and corporate negotiations could not be completed in time.

“We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson was quoted as saying on Thursday. “I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn’t.”

“It’s a ridiculous amount of money,” Mickelson added. “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”