The much-anticipated showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson now has a TV place to call home.
According to sources close to the event, the made-for-TV exhibition match will be shown via Pay-Per-View through DirecTV and B/R Live. As of this time, a cost for the package has not yet been disclosed.
According to Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, inside access leading up to the event will be shared across, B/R, House of Highlights, and HBO Sports. Fans who don’t want to pay will be able to catch parts of the event on TNT in the weeks following.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 22, 2018
The winner-take-all match-play showdown, which is said to be taking place on either Nov. 23 or Nov. 24 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas according to ESPN, will see the two golfers play for a $9 million purse. The event, which was supposed to take place on July 3 in Las Vegas, didn’t happen due to the fact that negotiations with an unnamed TV network and other interested parties failed to materialize before the cutoff date.
I bet you think this is the easiest $9M you will ever make????
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 22, 2018
The idea for the event reportedly came at the Masters when Tiger and Phil played a practice round together that became widely talked about due to the fact Mickelson decided to wear a long sleeve Mizzen+Main shirt.
Once fierce competitors on the course, Woods and Mickelson have been much more open about the evolution of their friendship in recent months.
The two have also shown softer sides when it comes to interacting with fans and posting on social media. Mickelson, who starred in a now-viral Mizzen+Main commercial, just took up Twitter today, and by the looks of it, will be a great follow for the foreseeable future.
AT&T being involved via DirecTV makes sense given the company’s involvement in golf, including sponsoring both the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the AT&T Byron Nelson.
While it’s unclear whether or not Tiger or Phil will be putting up their own money, getting a cut of the PPV revenue would help lessen the blow of potentially being out $5 million.