“The Match”: Tiger vs. Phil confirmed for Thanksgiving weekend…on PPV
Thanksgiving weekend is the date set for Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson, an event being called “The Match.” Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, will host the $9 million winner-take-all match. And for those not lucky enough to be able to attend the showdown, the match will be shown live on pay-per-view via DirectTV, B/R Live and other on-demand platforms.
The decision to broadcast the event on PPV has unsurprisingly not gone down too well with some golf fans. Many have taken to social media platforms to vent their disapproval.
When you think you’re gonna be able to watch Tiger vs. Phil for free:
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC)
I’m not paying to watch Tiger vs Phil… Nope!
— – (@AlexDub182821)
Well now that Tiger vs Phil is now going to be on PPV, I definitely will not be watching it. What a waste
— Bryan Campos (@bhope18)
Am I the only golf fan that saw (Tiger vs. Phil) is going to be on PPV and thought “I like golf but I’m not paying to watch this”??
— Adam Hayford (@adamhay12)
Hours before the confirmation of the event, Phil Mickelson entered the Twittersphere, the timing unlikely to be a coincidence. “Lefty” took some time out of his day to draw Tiger into what is surely the lightest jabbing a PPV event has ever seen. One can only hope that the trash-talk ramps up a little the closer we get to Thanksgiving weekend.
Phil also confirmed that the duo and their caddies will be mic’d up:
“With only two guys, we should have a total different experience with fans, because we will have smaller galleries that won’t necessarily have ropes that can walk inside the fairway and up near the greens. We’ll have mics on both us and our caddies and you’ll be able to hear all of the banter as well as commentating that will be more interactive. The idea is not just to have this great match but to have this interactive experience so fans can see something that they’ve never seen in televised golf before.”
While the event is winner-take-all, reports also say that Phil and Tiger will be able to make side bets throughout the match, with the winnings going to charity.
Las Vegas Superbook has released early odds on the showdown, making Woods a -180 favorite over Mickelson (+150).
Does the lack of money being staked personally by either man lessen your interest in the event? Is the decision to air the match on PPV a blown opportunity to grow the game? Will you be purchasing the match? Will Phil hang around on Twitter after Thanksgiving weekend?
Let us know what you think!