'Double it' - Phil Mickelson baits Tiger Woods with $200k side-bet ahead of 'The Match'
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have wagered $200,000 each on the first hole of pay-per-view exhibition game this week.
Billed as The Match: Tiger v Phil, the 18-hole, $9 million "winner-take-all" showdown will be played at exclusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas on Nov. 23, the day after U.S. Thanksgiving.
The course will be closed to the general public for the made-for-TV event, which will feature side-bets on top of the purse.
The first of those side-bets will be on Mickelson making a birdie on the first.
"So I've thought a lot about this and there are spots out on the course that are some great spots for a little challenge and the challenges are coming directly out of our pockets, OK?" Mickelson said. "And I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me. And I believe — in fact I'm willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that's how good I feel heading into this match."
"Hold on, hold on, hold on," Woods said to Mickelson. "So you think you can make birdie on the first hole?"
"I know I'm going to make birdie on the first hole," Mickelson responded.
"Double it (the bet)," Woods said.
"Did you see how I baited him like that?" Mickelson said with a smile. "Yes! ($200,000) says I birdie the first hole."