Scoring, hole-by-hole summary, prop bets, and highlights from the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson match
November 23, 2018
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- November 23, 2018
Phil Mickelson nearly jars his tee shot on No. 5 at Shadow Creek
HOLE 22: 93 YARDS
Phil Mickelson is your champion! He wins with a 4-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole of his match with Tiger.
It was the third time Tiger and Phil played the 93-yard, par-3 off Shadow Creek’s practice putting green. Phil had a putt to win each time. He missed the first two times. Not this time.
He took home the $9 million after Tiger missed a birdie putt of about 8 feet. Phil rolled in the putt to get the best of his longtime rival.
"My heart can't take much more. This has been such an incredible opportunity to have a day like this with Tiger. ... To be able to just have a little bit of smack talk for the coming years means a lot to me because I really don't have a lot on him," Mickelson said after his win.
FINAL SCORE: Phil Mickelson wins in 22 holes.
HOLE 21: 93 YARDS
Another halve! We’re going to a third extra hole.
Phil had a chance to end it but missed his 5-foot birdie putt. He conceded Tiger his par putt. “I don’t want to win this way,” Phil said.
We will play the 93-yard hole off the putting green for a third hole.
SCORE: All square through 21.
HOLE 20: 93 YARDS
We're going to the putting green now, where Tiger and Phil will tee off from 93 yards to the 18th green.
Tiger hit his tee shot over the green, then chip to 3 feet. Phil missed his birdie putt for the win.
We will keep playing this short par-3 until a winner is determined.
SCORE: All square through 20.
HOLE 19: 529 yards
Nineteen holes wasn’t enough. Both players parred the par-5 18th to extend the match to a second extra hole.
Tiger had to lay up from 236 yards after driving into the rough. He was standing on the pine straw.
Phil went for the green in two from 198 yards but hit that shot into a greenside bunker. His ball plugged in the sand, and he did well just to hit the green.
Tiger hit his wedge shot to 9 feet. He had a chance to win after Phil two-putted, but Tiger was unable to convert.
SCORE: All square thru 19
HOLE 18: 529 yards
We’re going extra holes! Tiger makes a 5-foot birdie putt on the short par-5 18th, then gives Phil his 3-footer for the halve.
It was a generous gesture by Tiger, confirming once again that these one-time rivals are now friends.
SCORE: All square thru 18
Tiger Woods chips in for birdie at No. 17
HOLE 17: 150 yards
The hole is tucked in the left-hand corner of the green on the 150-yard, par-3 17th. Phil can win the match if he wins this hole. He hits first and leaves his tee shot below the hole.
Tiger’s tee shot is on line but flies past the flag and runs into the back fringe. His ball is resting against the rough. Tiger plays a bump-and-run and CHIPS IT IN! He swings his fist in celebration.
“Like old times, buddy,” Tiger says as he hands his ball to Joe LaCava.
Mickelson has a chance to halve the hole. He misses his 13-footer, though.
“Oh no!” he says as the ball rolls by. They are all square heading to 18.
SCORE: All square thru 17
HOLE 16: 626 yards
With the honor, Phil hits driver deep into the fairway on the 626-yard, par-5 16th. Phil hit it 313. Tiger responds by hitting it within three yards of him.
Phil is walking down the fairway and, in this important moment, discussing … college football?!?!?!
Tiger hits fairway wood into the front greenside bunker. Phil hit his fairway wood pin-high from 302 yards. He’s left of the green, though.
Tiger’s bunker shot goes 12 feet past the hole. Phil has to carry his flop shot over a ridge, but catches too much grass. His ball rolls to 30 feet. He misses the birdie putt.
Tiger has 12 feet to square the match and he … MISSES. “Underwhelming,” says commentator Peter Jacobsen.
“I haven’t hit a good putt today,” Tiger says.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 16
HOLE 15: 476 yards
Both players found the fairway on the 476-yard, par-4 15th, but they both missed the green. It was an opportunity for each player to show off his legendary short game. Only one of them could do it.
Phil chipped close, leaving Tiger with an 8-footer to halve the hole. He missed. It’s his third bogey of the day.
Tiger had an opportunity to go 1 up on the 14th hole. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on that hole, then missed his 8-footer on 15 to fall 1 down.
The highlight of the hole may have come after the tee shots, during one of the day’s more revealing conversations.
Phil started by explaining why the promised banter and needling has been nearly non-existent.
“I’m trying to be more talkative but I’m not on this back nine,” he said.
“I understand,” Tiger replied. “We got back into our old mode, trying to beat each other’s brains in.”
It’s obvious that winning is the first priority for these two.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 15
HOLE 14: 493 yards
With $100,000 available for the longest drive on the 488-yard 14th hole, both players drove into the fairway bunker. A player had to hit the fairway to claim the prize.
Their wayward tee shots set the stage for two excellent sand shots from around 160 yards. With water guarding the right side of the green, Phil hit his approach to 13 feet and Tiger hit it to 10 feet. Two high-risk shots that paid off with big reward.
Phil lipped out his birdie putt, though, and Tiger barely missed his. The hole is halved with pars. Tiger can only shake his head and say, “Wow, wow, wow,” as he walks off the green.
SCORE: All square thru 14
HOLE 13: 213 yards
Now we have a little action. Tiger looked like he was going to win his first closest-to-the-pin contest of the day, and possibly take the first 2-up lead of the day, after he hit his tee shot on the 213-yard, par-3 13th to 15 feet.
Phil answered with a tee shot to 9 feet, though. Phil now leads the challenge bets, $600,000 to $200,000.
Tiger’s birdie putt slid by the hole. Phil made his to take the hole and the challenge bet. We’re back to all square.
We’ve now had three consecutive holes won by birdie. Things are picking up on the back nine.
SCORE: All square thru 13
HOLE 12: 405 yards
Remember Tiger’s trademark match-play comebacks from his amateur days?
He may be recreating one here in his match with Phil Mickelson. Tiger has his first lead of the day after splitting the fairway with a driver and knocking his 74-yard approach shot stiff on the 394-yard, par-4 12th hole.
Phil, who has been driving it great all day, missed the fairway with a 3-wood and hit his 134-yard approach shot to 35 feet. Perhaps the conservative play wasn’t the correct one for Phil.
He missed his long birdie putt and now trails for the first time.
SCORE: Woods 1 up thru 12
HOLE 11: 284 yards
We’re back to all square after Phil failed to birdie the 284-yard, par-4 11th hole. Both players missed the green, but Tiger pitched to within tap-in range while Phil’s flop from over the green rolled 13 feet past the hole. Phil couldn’t convert the birdie putt.
There was a side bet available if either player could eagle the drivable par-4. Phil couldn’t even make birdie. And now Tiger has squared the match once again.
SCORE: All square thru 11
HOLE 10: 438 yards
Tiger had to grind out another par to avoid falling 2 down. He hit 3-wood off the tee on the 438-yard, par-4 10th, leaving himself about 60 yards behind Phil Mickelson. Tiger missed the green well left, but Phil couldn’t capitalize on his approach from 109 yards.
Phil had about 30 feet left for birdie. He two-putted for par. Tiger had to make another one of those par putts from around 5 feet.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 10
HOLE 9: 390 yards
At least the ninth hole featured the invention of a new term. “Side sauce.”
There was $1 million on the line on the short, par-4 ninth hole. That’s what either player would earn if they could hole out for eagle. The hole location was in a bowl down by the water, surrounded by slopes that would funnel the ball toward the hole.
Phil said he could “side sauce” his approach off the slope and into the hole. He hit it into a greenside bunker instead.
Tiger couldn’t use the slopes to his advantage, either. He blew his approach over them.
Phil will head to the back nine with a 1-up lead. He’s won two holes. Both were on Tiger bogeys. The only birdies came on par-5s.
Here’s how Charles Barkley summed it up: “This is some crappy golf. Y’all know it. … I could beat these two guys today. They’re playing awful.”
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 9
#TheMatch. “side Sauce” was my nickname in high school.— Jason Gore (@JasonGore59) November 23, 2018
HOLE 8: 190 yards
Phil is 1 up after Tiger three-putts the seventh hole. Phil has won two holes today, both on Tiger bogeys.
Phil made a 5-foot par putt on No. 7 to regain his 1-up lead.
He also claimed the closest-to-the pin competition after both players hit mediocre tee shots on the 190-yard par-3.
Tiger hit first – he had the honor after making birdie on the par-5 seventh to square the match – but his ball rolled down a slope and stopped 40 feet from the hole.
Phil’s ball found the same slope, but Phil won the side bet by just a couple of feet. Phil is now 2-for-2 in closest-to-the-pin bets on the par-3s. He now has a $100,000 lead in the side bets.
Tiger left his birdie putt about 8 feet short. Phil ran his about 5 feet past. Only Phil could convert the par putt, though.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 8
HOLE 7: 571 yards
Phil’s aggressive play may have cost him on No. 7, the second par-5 of the day.
Tiger squares the match with a tap-in birdie. It could have been worse for Phil, though.
Tiger tried to bait Phil into another side bet after outdriving Phil by approximately 30 yards.
Tiger wanted to go low score for “2.” Obviously these guys talk in $100,000 intervals.
Phil, who barely missed his first fairway of the day, didn’t take Tiger’s offer, though.
“I applaud the effort,” Phil said.
He was wise not to take the bet.
Phil had more than 280 yards remaining. He hit 3-wood into a bunker about 40 yards short of the flag. Tiger, hitting from about 250, flared his 5-wood out to the right.
“I can’t clear,” Tiger says as his second shot sails right of the green. That would explain all those misses to the right.
Phil hit his third shot into another bunker.
Tiger was just on the fringe, though, so he used putter for his third shot. He hit his lengthy eagle putt within inches of the hole.
Phil is a hot putter away from being 6 up right now! Can’t give TW that many chances. Let’s hear the trash talking.. get pat perez out there to stir the pot— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) November 23, 2018
SCORE: All square thru 7.
HOLE 6: 507 yards
Tiger has a case of the rights, and not just with the driver. Tiger and Phil both had birdie putts from makeable places on the sixth hole.
Tiger pushed his putt of about 15 feet, but he escaped with another halve after Mickelson missed another makeable birdie putt from about 10 feet.
It was a solid hole for both players, though. They both found the fairway with drives of more than 340 yards (Tiger outdrove Phil, 349 yards to 343).
Phil is feeling it off the tee. He still hasn’t missed a fairway. He picked his tee up quickly as his butter-cut found the fairway.
Phil remains 1 up after six holes. He’s failed to capitalize on other opportunities to take a larger lead.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 6
HOLE 5: 137 yards
Shadow Creek’s fifth hole is only 137 yards, but Tiger had to make another testing par putt for the halve.
Woods lost the side bet -- $100,000 for closest to the pin (just like you and your friends!) – with a poor wedge shot, though.
Phil channeled his inner Hal Sutton, crying out, “Be the right club today,” as his ball skidded past the hole. Tiger hit it about 40 feet right. Phil easily won the side bet to cut into the deficit he built after failing to birdie the first hole. He’s now down $100,000 in the side action.
Tiger has a case of the rights. “That is so bad. That’s so bad,” Tiger said after hitting his tee shots. Peter Jacobsen called Tiger’s reaction to his losing tee shot “tame.”
“I thought we were going to have to bleep that,” Jacobsen joked.
Phil is spending more time talking to Mark Russell, the TOUR’s Vice President of Rules and Competition, than Tiger Woods. Topics range from Tom Fazio’s body of work as a course architect to the new Rules of Golf that will be introduced on Jan. 1.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 5.
HOLE 4: 581 yards
Sometimes it pays off to play safe in Las Vegas. Tiger and Phil halved the par-5 fourth hole with birdies. They did it in vastly different ways.
Tiger had to lay up after blowing his driver into the right rough on the second straight hole. He hit his 107-yard approach stiff.
Phil went for the water-guarded green with a 2-iron from 253. He chipped close after barely missing the green.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 4.
HOLE 3: 486 yards
Phil barely missed a 20-foot birdie putt to go 2 up. Mickelson hit both the fairway and the green.
Tiger had to make a 4-footer for the halve after lipping out a similar putt on the previous hole. This time, Tiger’s putt curled into the hole.
Tiger missed both the fairway and the green. “That’s not good,” Tiger said as his tee shot sliced into the right rough. He had to hit a cut from behind a tree. He left that about 30 yards short of the green.
Mickelson, hitting driver for the first time, found the fairway. He has hit all three fairways today.
As he was walking to his tee shot, Phil says, “I’ve never seen (Tiger) miss one of those,” referring to the short par putt that Tiger missed on No. 2. Phil laments that he didn’t record Samuel L. Jackson’s first-tee announcement. His brother, Tim, replies, “I think you’ll be able to get a clip of it.”
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 3.
HOLE 2: 486 yards
Both players missed the green despite having short-irons in their hands after hitting the second fairway. Both players chipped from the fringe. Mickelson made a 3-footer for par. Tiger couldn’t convert, though.
Tiger lips out his par putt and falls 1 down.
SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 2.
HOLE 1: 415 yards
Phil Mickelson lost his pre-tournament wager, and a chance to win the first hole of his match with Tiger Woods.
“Good speed,” Tiger joked after Mickelson’s birdie putt slid by the hole. Phil made a $200,000 wager in the pre-match news conference that he could birdie the first hole. He had a good chance to win, but couldn’t capitalize.
Phil missed his 9-foot birdie on the first hole after Tiger missed a birdie putt from 10 feet.
SCORE: All square thru 1.
Pre-round: Preparations are underway. You have to give Tiger and Phil credit. They're making this look like a high-stakes environment. Phil is hitting balls under the watchful eye of his swing coach, Andrew Getson. And Tiger is wearing his traditional Sunday red. Would you expect anything different?
With Samuel L. Jackson making first-tee introductions, Tiger and Phil finally teed off at 3:12 p.m. ET.
Tiger hit his approach to 10 feet and Phil followed by stuffing his wedge shot to 9 feet. They both missed the makeable birdie opportunities.
After months of anticipation, it's finally here.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson square off at 3 p.m. Eastern today. The tony, Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek Golf Course will serve as the glitzy backdrop for this made-for-TV match.
Settle into your favorite easy chair, rest your feet after some Black Friday shopping and watch the two greatest players of their generation go mano-a-mano at one of the world's most exclusive courses.
Woods and Mickelson have combined for 122 PGA TOUR victories and 19 major championship titles.
Whether or not you shelled out for the pay-per-view broadcast, you can follow the action right here with our live blog. PGATOUR.COM's Sean Martin will provide updates about the on-course action as well as the unique scene surrounding this match: the side bets, the drone footage and, of course, the trash talk. Both players and caddies will be mic'd up. If done right, the discourse could be more memorable than the golf shots.
The winner will receive $9 million.