"I look at the cover of the newspaper and the pairing is on there and the excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking, 'Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stake, victor take all match, '" Mickelson said. Now, it appears that fans might get the chance to see the two golf greats go head-to-head with no other competition in the field. Their careers, too, speak for themselves.
As we daydream about this match actually happening, it's time for a refresher course on what these two have accomplished.
"We're working on a different date", said Mickelson.
Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson for $10 million dollars. He won five times in 2013 and was named the Player of the Year. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable". "But together, we're (trying) to create something pretty special".
"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match", Mickelson said then.
According to Shipnuck, the chilly relationship between the two legends began to defrost after Team USA's loss at the Ryder Cup in 2014, when Mickelson blasted US captain Tom Watson and the PGA of America.More news: White House Taps Former Fox News Executive For Senior Communications Job
15 years ago, the two did mix it up in prime time, but it was never head to head.
No, it's not a ideal parallel, but it's pretty close.
Mickelson was part of the last of the series of matches in 2005 when he and Retief Goosen beat Woods and John Daly at The Bridges in California.
According to the report, Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas is the likely site and the match wouldn't necessarily be a one-time thing.
"You will hear a lot of the comments that you don't hear on regular TV", Mickelson said. And, with any luck, they'll be needling each other for decades to come.