Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods considering $10-million exhibition match

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Mickelson told the website on Thursday that they were close to working out a deal to play in Las Vegas on 3 July, but it fell through. Mickelson has openly said that the two probably should have always gotten along this well, but they've "turned the corner". "I thought it was done for the third but obviously it wasn't", he said.

In their highly anticipated round on 10 May, Woods shot an even-par 72 while Mickelson melted down in a round of seven-over 79.

Longtime rivals during their prime years, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have become the PGA Tour's unlikeliest buddies upon the former's return to competitive play this year. Mickelson was never the dominant figure that Palmer was, but when the younger Woods exploded on the scene, neither one shied away from the competition. Now that it may happen, would it have been better if these two played 10 years ago?

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According to a report from Golf.com, Mickelson floated the idea of playing a "high-stakes, winner-take-all match" to Woods when they were paired together at the Players Championship.

It's a heavyweight bout to take two of the golf's biggest stars out of their comfort zone in an unorthodox way that could reshape American golf as we know it. "How many times have we both won on Tour?" "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable", he said. Overall the two combine for 19 Major victories, 14 of those by Woods and five coming from Mickelson. During a practice round, an idea sparked between rivals-turned-friends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; rather than continue playing exclusively in tournaments, why not play head-to-head in a victor take all match?

"The tough thing is that he has the trump card: his career record. OK?" He owns all the trump cards. "So I have to be very careful and strategic in my smack talk", said Mickelson. They've been known to have a relationship that's both friendly and highly competitive, with both players taking playful jabs at each other in the press over the years. "But together, we're [trying] to create something pretty special".

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