Match-saving magic from Tiger stuns golfing world

Posted November 24, 2018

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were expected to post low scores Friday at Shadow Creek Golf Course during their match play showdown for $9 million, but both players struggled with their approaches to the green, and no one seemed capable of making a putt on the front nine.

Going from a potential putt for $9 million, Mickelson instead pulled the putt left of the cup, squaring the match going to the 18th hole. That set the stage - for the fourth time - for Mickelson to close out the match.

Mickelson had missed a 6-footer the previous time they played the hole, then told Woods, "I don't want to win this way, " and told him to pick up his 5-footer to tie. Technical difficulties marred the event, which was billed as golf's first pay-per-view broadcast.

Turner Sports set the pay-per-view price at $19.99 and will be available through Turner's B/R Live platform, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, and others. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on computers and mobile devices.

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Both players parred the 93-yard hole on the first go.

But since their heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, both Woods and Mickelson have been in steady decline.

That's when vintage Woods finally arrived, as he chipped in for birdie, flipping the pressure squarely back on Mickelson.

Mickelson, 48, also won $600,000 in charity side bets, as he was closest to the pin on three of the Par 3s.

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The matchplay between the two Americans went to a 22nd hole before Mickelson sunk a four-foot putt for victory. But Mickelson also won three of the side bets and a fancy championship belt to boot.

Well, cut to the day of the match, and it looks like Phil is out $200,000 - he missed his putt to birdie, giving Tiger the W.

But Mickelson responded by winning his third nearest-the-pin side-bet out of three at the short 13th and holed from seven feet to level, and a clumsy pitch and another mis-read putt from Woods at the 15th put the left-hander back into the lead with three holes to play.

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