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09 July 2018, 11:46 | Anna Jefferson
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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the two richest and most decorated golfers of their generation, are negotiating a high-stakes exhibition match between the two, according to a Golf.com report published on Friday.
The event reportedly nearly took place earlier this month, however the negotiations between all parties couldn't quite be agreed and therefore the highly anticipated face-off didn't go ahead.
"We're working on a different date", Mickelson said Thursday. "I thought it was done for the third but obviously it wasn't", he said. The details weren't able to be worked out in time, however, Mickelson told the website that the two sides are still working on making the match happen.
The idea for the match reportedly was spawned during the practice round that the pair played prior to the Masters at Augusta this past April.
"You will hear a lot of the comments that you don't hear on regular TV", Mickelson said.
The interaction between Woods and Mickelson, captured on microphones, would be part of the attraction.
Mickelson says with so much money on the line, even millionaires will be out of their comfort zone.
"We'll play for whatever makes him comfortable", Woods, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess $740 million, also said.
The two famed names had an early rivalry, but by 2015 Mickelson offered a helping hand to Woods and since then the two have become more friendly. One thing is for sure though, once this marquee match between two long-time heated rivals is set, it will be must-watch entertainment. Woods, however, who has battled injuries in recent years, last won in 2013. The final round of the Players Championship in May (with Woods but no Mickelson) earned a 3.6 rating and 5.8 million viewers. It would have been great television to see Phil go against Bones and hit insane shots or see Tiger and Steve Williams celebrate after making a huge putt. Setting this event up will give both golfers a chunk of the TV revenue, merchandising and sponsorship money.
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