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Friday 20 September 2019

Mickelson's $200,000 miss in showdown with Woods

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson prior to teeing off in ‘The Match: Tiger v Phil’ at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images for The Match
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson prior to teeing off in ‘The Match: Tiger v Phil’ at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images for The Match

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Phil Mickelson lost $200,000 (€176,500) at the first hole of his multi-million showdown with Tiger Woods.

Mickelson and Woods went head-to-head at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, with $9m (€7.94) going to the winner and the proceeds from lucrative side bets, including one for the first hole, reportedly going to charity.

At Tuesday's press conference, Mickelson bet $100,000 that he would birdie the first hole. Woods challenged him to double it and the wager was accepted.

But, after an ideal tee shot on the 379-yard par four and an approach to eight feet, Mickelson missed his birdie attempt after Woods had also failed to convert from slightly further.

Mickelson went one-up at the next after Woods' three-foot put for par went sailing past the hole and then he recouped £100,000 by winning Tiger's nearest-to-the pin challenge at the fifth.

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