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- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson face off in their first ever head-to-head, winner-take-all match, with $9 million on the line. Capital One’s The Match will be the first live pay-per-view event in golf history, Black Friday at noon Pacific, from Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.
- Both players, and their caddies, will be miked up. Drone footage will deliver camera angles never before seen in a golf broadcast. Real-time, hole-by-hole statistics will give viewers the probability of different outcomes.
- If that weren’t enough, long-drive challenges and closest-to-the-pin contests will keep the action interesting. Phil even wagered $200,000 he’d birdie the opening hole at a boxing-like press conference (played up for laughs). All proceeds will go to a charity of the winners’ choice.
- Long a fixture on the weekend sporting table, The Match will be golf’s first Thanksgiving event since the demise of the Skins Game ten years ago. It’s not unrealistic, should Friday’s experiment succeed, to expect a sequel, or a franchise, in the near future. Tiger and Phil could feature in another event, or other golfers could get involved.