During a practice round, an idea sparked between rivals-turned-friends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; rather than continue playing exclusively in tournaments, why not play head-to-head in a victor take all match? An opportunity to dive into the round with two legends is something not regularly afforded a normal PGA Tour viewer. Mickelson was never the dominant figure that Palmer was, but when the younger Woods exploded on the scene, neither one shied away from the competition. "I thought it was done for the 3rd, but obviously it wasn't".
Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson might not have ever lived up to Arnold Palmer vs. Jack Nicklaus, but the most high-profile rivalry in modern golf might be about to go to the next level.
Reportedly, Woods and Mickelson would wear microphones on the course during play.
PGA golfer Phil Mickelson told Golf Magazine that he and Tiger Woods are planning to play a $10 million winner-take-all match on a major television network.
Mickelson said he and Woods hope to play a couple of exhibitions a year worldwide, potentially joining forces to face global rivals such as Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", he said.
Woods' camp has yet to speak about the proposed match and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
"We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing. He's 47 and I'm 42, and we have had a great 20-year battle, hopefully we'll have a few more". Mickelson finished in first place just four months ago at the WGC-Mexico Championship and has six top-10 finishes this year. He recently finished tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National. Mickelson is playing next week's Scottish Open, and Woods' next start will be The Open.
The victor of this exhibition could have ultimate bragging rights and a good chunk of the other person's cash. Mickelson has said according to Golf. "No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone".