Phil Mickelson Officially Confirmed His Thanksgiving Weekend Showdown

Two of the biggest names in golf will square off on Thanksgiving weekend when “The Match” takes place between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

The exhibition match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas was confirmed by Woods on Wednesday in a Tweet. The event nearly took place on July 3 in Las Vegas, according to GOLF.com’s Alan Shipnuck, but the two sides could not finalize details in time.

WarnerMedia, who will air the match on pay-per-view, confirmed that the one-on-one, winner-take-all weekend will be worth a purse of $9 million.

The Twitter annoucement coincided with Mickelson’s debut on the social media platform.

 

Live pay-per-view coverage will air on DIRECTV, AT&T’s U-Verse and B/R Live.

Mickelson and Woods are both playing in this week’s Northern Trust, where Woods starts out at No. 20 of the 125 players to qualify.

The two players, who have combined to win 19 majors and spent years perched atop the world rankings, have a historied rivalry that has softened throughout their careers. With both golfers in the middle of unexpectedly resurgent seasons, the match will be must-see television.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson paired up for a practice round this week ahead of the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That has been a common occurrence for the duo ahead of tournaments this season, if for no other reason than to whet the whistle of fans hoping to see them go head-to-head in a real competition.

As revealed in early July, Woods and Mickelson have agreed to play a round of golf one-on-one for what has been reported as a $10 million winner-take-all purse. Thursday on ESPN’s “Get Up,” host Mike Greenberg reported that the match will go down on Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek Golf Course in — you guessed it — Las Vegas.

Though the event has not yet been formally announced and, according to Greenberg, the date could either be Friday, Nov. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 24, the fact that they have settled on a location and weekend means the match is clearly more than just a pipe dream.

There is no PGA Tour event scheduled that weekend, which is the first six straight weeks golfers have off from mid-November to early January.

Mickelson, 48, won the WGC-Mexico Championship in March, marking his first PGA Tour win in five years. A prestigious U.S. Open championship and the career grand slam still elude Lefty, who is not showing any signs of slowing down the amount of tournaments he plays each year.

The two star golfers have had a contentious relationship during their careers, though they have been brought together recently due to a variety of factors including on-course struggles and appearances representing the United States at the Ryder Cup. Mickelson is expected to play in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup this year, while Woods has already been named a vice captain and hopes to receive an at-large selection from captain Jim Furyk.