Tiger vs Phil is better than going to Black Friday!
The event features two golfing icons that have seen their better days of golf. However, they are both relevant to the sport and command big crowds while on the course. This is a winner-take-all scheduled for Friday, November 23, 2018, at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, The winner strolls away with $9 million in a head-to-head match. The event is only on pay-per-view and a few other premium outlets.
Recently, Tiger Woods won a golf tournament after a five-year drought. Phil Mickelson didn’t. This event is dubbed “The Match” but many wonder if it really is a rivalry and the numbers show Tiger leads in every statistical category. Let’s examine the numbers:
Tiger Woods has 80 PGA Tour wins with 14 majors while Phil has 43 PGA Tour wins and 5 Majors to his name. Tiger has never finished second in a major to Mickelson but Phil finished second to Woods in the 2002 U.S. Open by three shots. The two golfers have grown closer over the years and appear to have no animosity towards each other. That doesn’t make for a great storyline.
• Age: 48
• Winner of five major championships (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 1 PGA Championship)
• One of only 8 players with as many as three Masters wins
• One of only 15 men to hold at least three legs of the career Grand Slam
• Runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times
• 23 top-3 finishes, 38 top-10 finishes at major championships
• Winner of 43 PGA Tour events, 9th all time
• Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012
• Remains the last amateur to win on the PGA Tour (1991 Northern Telecom Open)
• Age: 42
• 80 PGA Tour wins, second all-time to Sam Snead
• Winner of 14 major championships (4 Masters, 3 U.S. Opens, 3 British Opens, 4 PGA Championships), second all-time to Jack Nicklaus
• One of only five men (with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen) to hold the career Grand Slam
• One of only two (with Nicklaus) to win each major at least three times
• 25 top-3 finishes, 40 top-10 finishes at major championships
• Only player ever to win four consecutive majors
• Scoring average of 67.79 in 2000 the lowest single-season average in Tour history
• PGA Tour Player of the Year a record 10 times
Career Earnings from Endorsements (as of 2017)
Tiger: $1.7 billion
Phil: $815 million
2017 Earnings from Endorsements
Tiger: $37.1 million
Phil: $43.5 million
Ok, we get it. The endorsements really mean very little on the golf course but it shows that the appeal for this match will be in favor of Tiger Woods.
Notes of interest:
Both golfers will be sporting a microphone for the event and fans can listen to the banter on each hole of the match. There are some other bets that can be found for this day with some of them being closest to pin, long drive contest, and they will be challenging each other with bets about sinking putts.
As I stated at the top, this is better than facing the Black Friday crowds!
Odds to Win The Match
Tiger Woods -200
Phil Mickelson +160
I can’t believe that Mickelson is as good as Tiger Woods even in the later stages of professional golf. I take Wood -200 and if you can find the win by over 1.5 strokes then you should pounce on it.