Tiger vs Phil: The Match Part Two (Hopefully) With A Few Changes

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Apparently, The Match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods must have been a rousing success.

According to multiple sources, Mickelson and Woods originally signed a three-year deal with WarnerMedia, meaning they’ll repeat the one-on-one duel in 2019 and 2020…sort of.

In order to keep both interested in doing it again, a team format is “almost a certainty” according to someone close to the two golfers.

Phil Mickelson plays a shot during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow…

Phil Mickelson plays a shot during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

It’s a bit of a surprising move considering first, the pay-per-view part of The Match was a total bust, resulting in Turner Broadcasting having to refund everyone’s payments, and two, it was panned by viewers, overall.

It just wasn’t that good. And most of the build-up to the event was down-right cringe-worthy. Remember those awful promo photos of the two behind stacks of money?

According to Turner, while they haven’t released the official numbers or figures, it did draw nearly a million pairs of eyeballs, so I guess that makes it worth giving it another try.

The change in format makes sense and is welcome, in my opinion.

Obviously, adding two of the new kids on the TOUR would be a no-brainer. A Spieth/Thomas pairing with each of them is the obvious choice. I would also be up for a Nicklaus/Player pairing. Or teaming up with a couple members of the LPGA would also be a welcome addition.

If they want to think a little outside of the box, maybe we go the celebrity route. Bill Murray should be everyone’s first draft choice if that’s what they decide on. If anyone can keep the masses entertained during a round of golf, it’s that guy. Or maybe they do a kind of playing/interview format. Pair them up with someone who can play a little golf, but also can ask some questions along the way to get them talking.

In other words, I’m available.

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About Kris McEwen

Kris became obsessed with the game of golf after deciding to finally hang up his baseball cleats about four years ago. Still learning the game, he’s leaned on much of the on-line golf community for help and loves to return the favor whenever possible.

A contributor to several golf sites in the past, Kris writes from the perspective of your average golfer. One who has a passion for the game, but also has the typical restrictions of life and budget.

He can be reached on Twitter at @krismcewen.

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