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Clear your diaries for November 23 – the long-rumoured, Tiger vs Phil, high-stakes, money-match is ON.

‘The Match’, as it is being dubbed, will be played at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas and will be a traditional 18-hole matchplay competition, with a $9m winner-tales-all prize fund.

The duel will be produced by Turner Sports, which currently has rights to the US PGA Championship in the United States, and will be broadcast on pay-per-view television.

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It is unclear at this moment who will broadcast the contest in the UK.

Both players and their caddies will wear microphones throughout and it is expected there will be ‘in-play’ competitions between the two, such as longest drive and nearest-the-pin.

Tiger And Phil

Organisers have yet to confirm how many tickets will be sold for the event or how much they will cost. It is unclear also when it will tee off but it is believed that there is an option to allow the match to end around 8pm or 9pm, which would mean the last few holes being played under lights. That would also be bad news for fans watching on this side of the Atlantic, with Las Vegas being eight hours behind the UK.

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“It allows us to be a little bit more real, if you will,” Mickelson told reporters after his pro-am The Northern Trust yesterday. “We think there will be some pretty good interest, but we’re also trying to present it in a way that you don’t get to see with normal TV.”

Mickelson, coincidentally or otherwise, also joined Twitter yesterday and, already, he and Tiger have indulged in a little back and forth over their upcoming tussle.

The Match – Your thoughts…

What do you think of the Tiger/Phil match? Good thing? Bad thing? Will you be trying to tune in? Do you care that it’s happening? Leave your thoughts in our Comments section below.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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