According to recent reports, the widely discussed and highly anticipated high-stakes, winner-take-all matchup between PGA Tour legends Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson is close to coming to fruition. And it should come as no surprise that there are already odds and a plethora of prop bets available for the potential exhibition spectacle.
According to Sportsbook.ag, Woods is the early favorite coming in at -120 (wager $120 to win $100), with Mickelson coming in at even money.
- Woods: -120
- Mickelson: Even
The folks at SportsBettingDime.com took it a step further and came up with an extensive list of prop bets for the match.
- Odds the match happens: 1-2
- Woods: -1.5 holes
- Mickelson: +1.5 holes
- Odds when the match will be played:
- August: 12-1
- September: 8-1
- November: 7-3
- December: 5-1
- Anytime in 2019: 16-1
- Mickelson’s shirt color:
- White: 5-3
- Black: 5-2
- Blue: 4-1
- Field: 6-1
- Woods’ shirt color:
- White: 3-1
- Red: 3-1
- Black: 4-1
- Field: 7-3
- Hole in one by either player: 399-1
- Where they will play:
- Nevada: 5-3
- California: 5-1
- Hawaii: 8-1
- New York: 10-1
- Arizona: 12-1
- Field: 4-1
- Largest bet placed on either player in Vegas: over/under: $49,999
- Penalty stroke assessed to either player: 25-1
According to Mickelson, the potential $10 million match nearly took place on July 3. But despite the snags in getting the deal done, both sides remain committed to making the event happen. “We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson said on Thursday (via Alan Shipnuck of Golf.com). “I thought it was done for the 3rd (of July) but obviously it wasn’t.”
If ‘Tiger vs. Phil’ does end up happening, it will truly be a treat for golf fans (and practically any fan of competition for that matter) around the world.
Both legendary players have agreed to wear microphones throughout the event, giving the audience unprecedented access to the action.
“You will hear a lot of the comments that you don’t hear on regular TV. We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we’re doing,” Mickelson recently told Golf.com. “And the fact that this isn’t an official tournament, that it’s just a head-to-head match, you’ll hear some of the little nuances, some of the little things that you don’t normally pick up.”
Even though he is a self-proclaimed smack-talker, don’t expect to see (or hear) Mickelson take his banter with Woods too far.
“The tough thing is that he has the trump card: his career record.” Mickelson said. “Whether it’s 14 majors, 79 wins, however many players of the year awards, FedEx Cups, the whole deal. He owns all the trump cards. So I have to be very careful and strategic in my smack talk, because if I lay something down, in comes a trump card, you know, and then [he] shuts me right up.”
Needless to say, this dream match is setting up to be one of the most entertaining professional golf events of the year.