Phil Mickelson Loses $200K Putt In ‘The Match’; Watch Tiger Woods’ Reaction

Rosalie Gross
November 24, 2018

Remember, earlier this week, Phil bet Tiger $100,000 that he would birdy the 1st hole at the big pay-per-view golf match on Friday.

In addition to the whopping $US9 million up for grabs to the victor of the one-off, 18-hole exhibition between the two golf champions, the pay-per-view first would also see each make hefty bets throughout the round.

Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods on Friday at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas in more ways than one.

It appeared Mickelson would close out the match on the par-3 17th when he knocked his approach to 10 feet and Woods hit his over the green.

It's the first time gambling and sports has been so overtly aligned in a U.S. sports broadcast, but at least these bets were going to charity.

Both players missed the green on the second but, after Mickelson got up and down for par, Woods missed from three feet to lose the hole.

Mickelson won three holes in regulation with pars.

The five-time major victor also recovered from losing a $200,000 (£156,000) side bet on the opening hole by winning three nearest-the-pin contests for a total of $600,000 dollars (£468,000), with that money reportedly coming from the players themselves and being donated to charity.

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"I just did not want the match to end on that hole", said Woods, who grabbed his only lead at the day with a birdie at 12 but gave it right back at the 13th. It took four extra holes for Mickelson to emerge victorious. And Mickelson has already lost a $200,000 bet.

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

Mickelson birdied the 22nd hole at Shadow Creek to win a low-quality contest which failed to live up to the hype and was eventually decided by little more than a pitch-and-putt competition.

They then went to the makeshift playoff hole, where a tee was put on the putting green and measured 93 yards to a new hole cut on the 18th green.

Those side bets were to be paid to the respective players' charitable foundations with the players' own funds. 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.

Woods added: "You couldn't have made this event any better than it was".

"We were going back and forth".

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