Charles Barkley challenges Justin Verlander to 100k bet during The Match

Toby Graves
November 24, 2018

Two of the world's biggest golfers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, went head-to-head on November 23, and Tiger had a hilarious response when he won $200,000 from his opponent on the first hole.

Certainly not to the degree that was hoped or needed. It was a bit of a weird end to a day that had its moments - just not enough of them.

While both the 48-year-old Mickelson and the 42-year-old Woods are past their prime, Friday's meeting between the 19-time major winners still provided some entertaining golf.

With temperatures dipping into the 50s and the pair playing a 93-yard makeshift playoff hole from the practice putting surface back to the 18th green, Mickelson put his third attempt at the hole inside 5 feet.

"Couldn't hit it with a lob wedge, " Woods lamented.

Mickelson and Woods had played those 18 holes of match play in back-and-forth fashion, though Mickelson did not trail until late in the day.

At one point, former National Basketball Association star Charles Barkley, who was part of the broadcast team, bellowed, "You know, America, you're watching some really crappy golf".

It appeared Mickelson would close out the match on the par-3 17th when he knocked his approach to 10 feet and Woods hit his over the green. There was some banter between Woods and Mickelson early on but not much as the stakes increased.

"It's incredible how quiet it gets on the back nine", Mickelson said. The victor will take home $9 million, and bragging rights, of course, but along with the sought-after purse, there were some side bets made along the way.

But there just were not enough "Wow!" shots.

Mickelson also earned $600,000 for winning three closest-to-the-pin side bets after losing $200,000 for failing to make a birdie at the opening hole. Mickelson would have been 4 under with 5 birdies. Mickelson's birdie putt again fell left, leaving Woods a seven-foot putt for the win.

The source with knowledge of the issue said there was no impact on the other carriers (Xfinity, DIRECTV, AT&T) charging for "The Match". Woods countered by telling Mickelson to double the bet.

Woods added: "You couldn't have made this event any better than it was". But Mickelson tied him with a birdie putt at the 14th, then went ahead when Woods bogeyed the 15th. Mickelson took the most, but don't feel sorry for Woods, who likely still walked away with a healthy cut of what was apparently far more than $9 million up front just for these two to square off.

Woods humbly sat by, taking the good-natured trash talk he knew would be coming if he did not prevail. "And I believe - in fact I'm willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole".

Mickelson birdied the 22nd hole at Shadow Creek to win a low-quality contest which failed to live up to the hype and was eventually decided by little more than a pitch-and-putt competition. He noted that he began ramping up his preparation only a few weeks ago, after taking a much-needed break following a successful PGA Tour season that saw him win the Tour Championship, his 80th career victory.

No player ever led by more than 1 hole.

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