Tiger and Phil Waste No Time, Place $200K Side Bet on First Hole of ‘The Match’

Tiger and Phil Waste No Time, Place $200K Side Bet on First Hole of ‘The Match’ article feature image
Credit:

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

  • Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hosted a joint press conference on Tuesday ahead of their $9 million match (Friday, 3 p.m. ET).
  • The duo wasted no time throwing down the side-action gauntlet: They wagered $200K on whether Phil will birdie hole No. 1 at Shadow Creek.

We knew there’d be side action during “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. We just didn’t know it would start three days ahead of the event.

At a Tuesday press conference in Las Vegas, it was Mickelson who lobbed the first wager onto his opponent’s side of the fence.

“I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me,” the lefthander said of the short par-4 opener at host venue Shadow Creek. “I’m willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. That’s how good I feel going into this match.”

He then turned to Woods and explained, “Now, you don’t have to take it…”

Come on, did you really think he’d turn it down?

Instead, Woods answered with a two-word response to get the betting started: “Double it.”

And there we have it: The first in what should be a number of side bets throughout the $9 million match, with the winnings from each of these wagers earmarked toward that player’s charitable foundation.

Of course, Mickelson wasn’t complaining about the extra $100,000 for the bet.

“Do you see how I baited him like that?” he said to the audience. “Yes!”

The trash talk, canned as it may have been throughout the press conference, continued after the deal was brokered.

“There’s water down the left,” Woods explained. “He likes to lose his golf ball to the left, that little flare-out that he hits. He hasn’t really thought about this.”

Mickelson countered: “I’m going to hit a 2-iron in the fairway, I’m a great short iron player – in fact, one of the best.”

The first bet of the week certainly won’t be the last — and it likely won’t be the most expensive, either.

Later in the proceedings, Mickelson referenced there being “millions” in side action at different points during the match.

How would you rate this article?

Top Offers

Action Newsletter
Sign Up >
The top betting news and picks for all the big games delivered directly to your inbox daily.
Action Podcasts
Listen >
The award-winning Action Network Podcast covers all angles of betting and DFS from industry-leading pros.
Betting 101
Bet Smarter >
New to betting? No sweat. Check out our betting education hub, which ranges from beginner tips to advanced strategies.
Sports Betting Legalization
Predictions >
When will sports betting be legal in your state? Check our our projections for all 50 states.
Betting Calculators
Try Now >
Easily calculate your winnings for straight bets and parlays using American, Decimal, or Fractional odds.
Expert Picks
Best Bets >
See all of the bets Action Network experts are making in real-time, covering the big games and the hidden gems.

Top Stories