Now that the Ryder Cup is over, we have entered the part of the year where golf is moving slowly with the absence of a major event to get excited about.
That looks like it’s going to change, however, with the upcoming match play showdown that’s now locked in between two of golf’s biggest legends.
After months of speculation, a few weeks ago Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods finally agreed to face off in a match play event that will see both men place healthy bets on the match to make it interesting. Outside of the announcement that it would happen though, there weren’t many other details available.
The specifics are starting to trickle out now though with more information being announced on Thursday.
We have known that the event will be on pay-per-view but the official price has finally been released at $19.99. That’s a lot less than I ever expected it to be since the UFC charges up to $100 for their PPV events regularly, so this might entice more people to tune in.
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Outside of the price to watch the event, more details were released about the day itself. We finally have a tee time, with the event set to start at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. It was also announced that Capital One will be the official sponsors of the event and that Turner Broadcasting will show the event on their Bleacher Report Live streaming service.
Of the other details we learned, there will be no tickets sold to watch the event on the Shadow Creek course and the official purse will be $9 million. There was some worry that the money Mickelson and Woods wanted to play for would alienate the PGA TOUR so this seems like a compromise. It’s still expected that Phil and Tiger will have undisclosed side bets, however.
When news of this match came out, I was excited but wasn’t sure how many people would pay to watch it. Now that the price looks amenable and there’s no option for seeing the event in person, I expect the PPV ratings will be high when the two legends tee off in November.
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