Tiger vs. Phil: Mickelson Loses $200,000 Bet On First Hole

Tiger vs. Phil: Mickelson Loses $200,000 Bet On First Hole

Never mind that it was a worldwide broadcast, and that Barkley - who suggested he could hang with Woods and Mickelson on this day - is as very bad a golfer as he was a great basketball player. Woods hit his approach to under eight feet, only to watch Mickelson stuff his tee shot. He always drops the big picture and it's the trump card.

While the event lacked the tension provided by a Sunday back nine at the Masters, Woods set up a dramatic finish when his bump-and-run from beside the 17th green, with the match on the line, found the cup and brought the match to all square.

Tiger was so confident, he told Phil to "double it".

Woods won $200,000 on the first hole when Mickelson missed his birdie putt, but Mickelson swept three "closest to the pin" wagers on par 3s for a total of $600,000.

The two struggled with the greens all day.

"He does this crap to me all the time - for 20 years" said Mickelson.

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Both players were miked up for the entire round, giving fans a rare insight into discussions between themselves and their caddies, but it was the unmistakable tones of Samuel L. Jackson introducing them that was the first sign of what was to come.

Woods also had to scramble for par after a wayward drive on the next before producing the first moment of quality of the day, a superb wedge from 107 yards setting up a conceded birdie which was matched by Mickelson. But he missed a birdie putt on the first hole and will donate $200,000 to Woods' handpicked charity. Woods's last major was in 2008; Mickelson's was in 2013.

They returned to the 18th hole. Facing a buried lie, he managed to blast his ball over the creek and onto the green near his first putt on the 18th hole.

Woods' putter again let him down, as he never gave it a shot with the ball trickling short and left. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished in the dark with lights set up around the hole.

Conversation from tee to green ventured between their shots, the weather forecast and even the emotional strain of their children leaving for university. That's how good I feel heading into this match.

In what seemed like an error or some other network mistake, viewers watching on Bleacher Report Live were able to watch the event without paying the $19.99 the event was supposed to cost.

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