What a show this was.
“The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson took place Friday at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and Lefty came out on top in a 22-hole thriller.
We followed all the action shot-by-shot on this tremendous day. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…
Fourth extra hole: Par 3, 93 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:52 p.m. ET): Tiger finally gets the distance right here, as he takes some spin off this one and this one stops 6-7 feet beyond the cup.
Now Mickelson is up needing to respond and he does! This one finishes 4 feet under the cup. That’s more like it!
ON THE GREEN (7:56 p.m. ET): Bad putt from Tiger, as that one misses right and short.
Mickelson again for the win … YES! Lefty has done it. He wins “The Match”!
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson wins in 22 holes
Third extra hole: Par 3, 93 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:45 p.m. ET): Tiger goes long again! This one spins back but stays in the rough beyond the green.
Mickelson with another opening … and he loved it. He should have, as this one cozies to 7-8 feet from the pin. Unless Tiger chips in again, Mickelson will have that for the win.
AROUND THE GREEN (7:48 p.m. ET): Tiger gives that one a run, but it misses left of the cup and runs 5 feet by. He appears to be inside Mickelson, but Lefty will have his birdie putt to win.
ON THE GREEN (7:50 p.m. ET): Does anyone want to win this? Mickelson hits the left lip on his potential winning birdie putt and it scurries a foot by. A conceded par. He then concedes a 5-footer for Woods for par. Wow, I get being friendly but that is surprising. Hole is halved and we go back again.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 21
Second extra hole: Par 3, 93 yards
OFF THE TEE (7:39 p.m. ET): They are playing this makeshift hole with tee shots from the putting green. This sudden-death hole will be played until someone wins.
Anyway, Tiger from the tee … wow he airmails the green here. It actually hits a fan over the green and that kicks the ball back toward the green. This one ends up in light rough about 40 feet past the pin.
Phil with another opening … decent shot. This one finishes 20 feet right of the pin. He may very well have that birdie putt for the win.
AROUND THE GREEN (7:42 p.m. ET): Tiger chips to 3 feet and Mickelson concedes that for par. Lefty now has a 20-footer for the win.
ON THE GREEN (7:43 p.m. ET): This is dramatic and agonizing. Mickelson puts this one right on line, but this ball is hit fractionally not hard enough and it slides left and under the cup by inches. That’s a conceded par and a halve. We go back to this makeshift par 3 for another hole.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 20
First extra hole: Par 5, 500 yards
PRIMER ON SUDDEN DEATH: The first playoff hole is the 18th. If they halve that hole, sudden death moves to a 93-yard par 3. And they will then continue to play that par 3 until someone wins.
OFF THE TEE (7:18 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and misses this one into the left rough. Unless he has a great lie, he can’t hit his second shot close considering water is fronting the green. Mickelson’s driver is better and finds the first cut in the left rough. Advantage: Lefty.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Phil says to his caddie, brother Tim, “I hope I’m not in the same divot. Me and (Ben) Hogan have that problem” in reference to his tee shot basically finishing in the exact same spot on this hole 15 minutes before.
SECOND SHOT (7:23 p.m. ET): Lie was OK, but Tiger was forced to lay up from 236 yards in the rough. He’ll have a wedge third from the fairway.
OK, Mickelson with a huge chance with a 5-iron from 198 yards … that was an awful shot. There is water just left of the green, Mickelson pushes this one left and he actually gets lucky as this misses the water left and lands in a bunker. Mickelson thought he was in the water, so that is lucky. The bad news: He has a fried egg.
Man he missed a big opportunity there. He absolutely could’ve gone in the water, though, so he’s still in this.
THIRD SHOT (7:26 p.m. ET): Tiger’s wedge third from 103 yards is pretty. It lands some 10 feet beyond the pin and then spins back and to the right and finishes 8 feet right and under the cup. With Mickelson facing a fried egg, that putt for Tiger could absolutely be for the win.
AROUND THE GREEN (7:28 p.m. ET): That was the best Mickelson could do from there, as this ball runs about 30-40 feet by the cup. If Lefty can’t drain that bomb, Woods will have an 8-footer to win.
ON THE GREEN (7:31 p.m. ET): Mickelson’s long putt comes up short and left. Tiger concedes the putt.
Tiger for the win… that was surprising. He misses that low and left all the way. Never had a chance. You don’t see that often from him.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 19
Hole No. 18: Par 5, 500 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:59 p.m. ET): Tiger launches a driver down the left-center of the fairway. That is perfect. Mickelson follows by putting one in the left intermediate cut. Advantage: Tiger. But Phil’s not in bad position.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: A classic one from Phil on the tee after that chip-in from Tiger: “You’ve been doing that crap to me for 20 years, don’t know why I’m surprised now.”
APPROACH SHOT (7:05 p.m. ET): From 203 yards in that first cut, Mickelson hits a nice one that finishes 30-35 feet right of the cup. It would’ve been tough to get too aggressive from there from the rough with water fronting.
Woods goes just right of the pin but hits it too good. This one lands 20 feet past the pin and rolls all the way to the back fringe. That’ll leave 40-50 feet for eagle.
AROUND/ON THE GREEN (7:11 p.m. ET): Tiger putts this, and the ball trickles about 5 feet by. That was so speedy, so not bad from there and leaves a simple birdie putt. Mickelson now has a long eagle putt to win.
ON THE GREEN (7:12 p.m. ET): Hmm … Phil got a little frisky with that 32-footer for eagle. This one goes a good 3-4 feet by. Woods now up from 5 feet for birdie, and … of course he buries it. He then concedes Mickelson’s birdie and we’re onto sudden death.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 18
Hole No. 17: Par 3, 150 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:50 p.m. ET): Mickelson off first with a chance for a kill shot at 1 up. Pretty nice. He knocks this about 12 feet right and below the hole. Tiger’s answer … he thought it was so good in the air, but this one carries a little farther than he expected. The ball was right at the pin but finishes in the fringe some 20-25 feet beyond the cup. Phil could win this match here.
AROUND/ON THE GREEN (6:56 p.m. ET): Freaking Tiger, man. All day can’t make a putt or build a lot of excitement. And then he just chips this one in for birdie. Unreal clutch shot. We should expect it from Tiger by now, though. The legend grows.
Now Mickelson has to make his putt to halve the hole and it just missed left. What a turnaround! Tiger wins the hole and we’re All Square.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 17
Hole No. 16: Par 5, 626 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:33 p.m. ET): Both smash drivers down the fairway. Tiger is in the very left side of the fairway, Phil more left-center.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Mickelson says “Tasty little morsel there” after his drive. He doesn’t say it to Tiger, but that was still very noteworthy.
APPROACH SHOT (6:39 p.m. ET): Woods with 312 yards, goes after this 3-wood and likes it. But this one peels a little too much and ends up in the front bunker. Not a bad miss. But it will be a bit of a tough long bunker shot over a ridge short of the pin. From 302 yards, Mickelson launches one a little too far left and this one bounds left and over the green. That’ll leave him an interesting 20-yard chip to that pin just over that ridge.
AROUND THE GREEN (6:44 p.m. ET): Woods hits a pretty nice shot from there, carrying this 30-yard bunker shot past the hole. This one finishes 10-12 feet past. Mickelson tried for the hero flop from his lie and this one comes up just short of the ridge and rolls back down. That leaves him some 30 feet for birdie over that ridge.
ON THE GREEN (6:46 p.m. ET): Mickelson comes up short and right on this putt. His par is conceded. Woods with a 12-footer to win the hole and square the match … Wow, no. That never had a chance, as it was always low and left. Mickelson is hanging by a thread but is still ahead.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 16
Hole No. 15: Par 4, 467 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:20 p.m. ET): A nice wood into the fairway for Mickelson. Woods follows with a low bullet of a fairway wood down the fairway. TW’s drive is smashed, as it rolls a good 30 yards past Mickelson’s.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Finally a bit of nice convo here on the back nine. Mickelson admits he’s had trouble trying to be talkative on this back nine. Tiger says he understands, “We got into that old mode of trying to beat each other’s brains in.”
APPROACH SHOT (6:25 p.m. ET): Oof, Mickelson flares one from roughly 175 yards left into the gallery for really no reason. He was in the fairway and this was a good look in. Alas, he’ll have to make a nice short-sided up and down from there. Shockingly, Tiger from 151 yards comes up short of the green in the rough. That’s an easy uphill chip, but man you would’ve expected him to knock his approach inside 10 feet.
AROUND THE GREEN (6:28 p.m. ET): Woods with a mediocre chip that goes about 8 feet by. Mickelson hits a beauty that cozies up a foot from the cup, brilliant shot. That’s a conceded par. Tiger now needs to make for the halve.
ON THE GREEN (6:30 p.m. ET): Tiger to keep the match All Square … NO. That one starts left of the cup and never comes back. It misses just left of the cup and Lefty leads!
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 15
Hole No. 14: Par 4, 488 yards
OFF THE TEE (6:05 p.m. ET): Another side bet as we have long drive for $100K. Mickelson was proposing a side bet, put it in Tiger’s corner and was trying to get 8-to-1 odds on a side bet of his choice, which Tiger bristled at. Eventually Mickelson suggested and they settled on just $100K even for long drive.
Both proceed to lose their drivers to the right in a fairway bunker. Not sure which of the two won that challenge. But we know who lost on it … the fans.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Not much to report here besides that side bet.
APPROACH SHOT (6:10 p.m. ET): We’ve got a 9-iron here from 162 yards here for Tiger. He hits a really smart shot here, as he plays it 20 feet left of the pin, and uses a slope for the ball to trickle right. This finishes 8-10 feet from the cup. Mickelson goes right over the flag from 160 yards, landing it feet past the cup. His ball runs out but finishes about 12 feet beyond the cup. A pair of nice birdie looks upcoming.
ON THE GREEN (6:15 p.m. ET): Mickelson’s putt … agonizing. His putt looked good but just trickled left late, nicked the left edge and stayed out. He’s conceded par. Woods with his good look to take back the lead … WOW, he matches Mickelson’s agonizing miss. This one just drizzles over the right edge and sneaks by. A pair of players disappointed with pars, but no blood.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 14
Hole No. 13: Par 3, 213 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:56 p.m. ET): We have another closest-to-the-pin side bet, this one for $300K. Tiger responds by knocking it to 15 feet right of the pin. But Mickelson answers by putting this 10 feet beyond the pin. That’s great for Lefty, but Tiger has an easier putt. His looks pretty straight and simple. Lefty will have a tricky downhiller.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: As we noted, a $300K side bet that Mickelson wins. He’s now +$400K in side bets today.
ON THE GREEN (6:01 p.m. ET): Woods hits a good putt, but it doesn’t fully take the right-to-left break and misses on the right. His par is conceded. Mickelson with a chance to win the hole and square it … YES! He puts this one in the left side of the cup for a birdie and the win.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 13
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 394 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:46 p.m. ET): Tiger launches driver here down the left side of the fairway. He’s feeling it with some momentum and a chance to take the lead. Lefty takes out what looks like a 3-wood and loses it to the right. That appears to be in the rough. It’s possible trees could give him a problem.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Nothing to report here.
APPROACH SHOT (5:50 p.m. ET): Mickelson was actually in some light rough but from 134 yards can only get this one to about 30 feet left of the cup. Tiger pounces as he hits a perfect wedge from 74 yards. This one lands 10 feet short of the cup and rolls up 2 feet short of the cup. That should be a conceded birdie and he may be 1 up soon.
ON THE GREEN (5:53 p.m. ET): Mickelson indeed gives Tiger that birdie. Now with that long putt to halve the hole … always a good deal right. Tiger wins the hole and leads.
MATCH SCORE: Woods 1 up thru 12
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 284 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:34 p.m. ET): OK, people … a drivable par 4 here. There’s been some increase in side bets and a tiny bit of banter in the last few holes. But overall some lackluster play and uninspired atmosphere has made this all a little ho-hum. Maybe this hole could change things.
And … Mickelson yells “Be right” after hitting a fairway wood but got this one too good and this ball finishes a good 10 yards over the green in the rough. Woods follows with his own fairway wood that is right and comes up in the rough just right of the front of the green. He may have the slight advantage here.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: We have another side bet as it’s $200K if either Tiger or Phil eagles this hole. That means we need to see a chip-on or pitch-in here.
AROUND THE GREEN (5:39 p.m. ET): Tiger with a great pitch here to 3 feet. Phil with a mediocre one that finishes 10-12 feet past the cup. Mickelson concedes Woods’ birdie, so that means Phil needs to drain this to halve.
ON THE GREEN (5:42 p.m. ET): And that one was always to the right. He misses that by a good few inches to the right and Tiger wins that hole.
MATCH SCORE: All square thru 11
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 438 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:21 p.m. ET): This driver by Phil is launched down the fairway, and Tiger finds the fairway too but only takes a fairway wood. It appeared he mishit that one too, so Mickelson is much farther down the fairway.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Nothing much, maybe another side bet but tough to tell.
APPROACH SHOT (5:25 p.m. ET): This one from 175 yards from Tiger is awful. Just a terrible shot to the left of the green. He’s well in the rough there. Plenty of green for an up and down, but Mickelson has an opening. Yet, Lefty from 109 yards in the fairway can only come up 25-30 feet short of the cup for birdie. That was a missed opportunity there.
AROUND/ON THE GREEN (5:31 p.m. ET): Tiger hits a nifty pitch that finishes 5 feet left of the cup. Mickelson’s birdie putt goes 3 feet by. Tiger drains the par putt and Phil follows to halve the hole. Nothing lost or gained on this one.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 10
Hole No. 9: Par 4, 391 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:03 p.m. ET): A pair of irons off the tee for Tiger and Phil. Mickelson goes first and puts one down the left side of the fairway. Tiger goes down the left side of the fairway too.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Phil proposes a $100K side bet for if either player makes an eagle on the hole. That would mean holing out, so that is unlikely. But they then add on another zero to the bet, which means this is actually a $1 million side bet.
APPROACH SHOT (5:08 p.m. ET): The big side bet had somewhat to do with this being a funnel pin, as the ball goes right to the pin in a bowl if you get it into that bowl.
But from 143 yards, Tiger misses the bowl entirely and his ball finishes a good 50 feet past the pin. Phil’s response from the first cut from 87 yards is to come up short in the front bunker. Just a bad shot, and nobody came close to winning this side bet.
AROUND/ON THE GREEN (5:14 p.m. ET): Tiger hits this long putt about 4 feet past and Mickelson blasts his bunker shot 4 feet past. Both have short putts for par then. Tiger goes first and drains it. Phil follows by going in right on top of him to halve the hole.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 9
Hole No. 8: Par 3, 183 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:51 p.m. ET): Tiger proposes another side bet, this one another closest-to-the-pin challenge. This one for $200K, which Phil accepts. Mickelson wins this one! Neither player hits a good shot, as both come up short of a ridge and leave themselves about 40 feet over that ridge for birdie. But Lefty is about a foot closer, so he wins the challenge.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Another side bet, as Tiger gets 3-to-2 odds on his putt for $50K, meaning $75K if he makes it. Phil could get $50K if he makes his slightly shorter one. Both around 40 feet.
ON THE GREEN (4:56 p.m. ET): With $75K on this putt, Tiger hits an AWFUL putt that finishes 7 feet short. With Phil in line for $50K by making his, he hits a bad one too that runs 5 feet by. Tiger’s par effort hits the right lip, too, and rims out. That’s bogey. Phil has a 5-footer to win the hole and take back the lead, and … he gets it to drop in the right side of the cup. He leads again.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 8
Hole No. 7: Par 5, 557 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:35 p.m. ET): Mickelson finally loses a driver, as this one starts right and doesn’t cut enough. It looks like that one is in the right rough. Tiger with a driver, and he loves it. He gives this one a twirl and he should’ve as this one finishes perfectly on the right edge of the fairway.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: We have another side bet proposition, as Tiger asks Phil to bet $200K for lowest score on the hole. Mickelson responds what odds would he get with Tiger 40 yards past him in the fairway? Tiger says none. Phil counters 3-to-2 odds. Tiger again says no, and tries to bait Phil by saying that Lefty is swinging so well today. Mickelson responds, “It’s intimidating, huh?” Mickelson ultimately declines the bet.
APPROACH SHOT (4:40 p.m. ET): Phil poses on his second shot, but this one just falls off left and finishes in a front bunker. He’ll have about 30 yards from there. Tiger loses his iron second shot right but it finishes just right of the green. He’ll have a simple 15-yard pitch/chip for eagle.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:46 p.m. ET): Phil gets too cute and fluffs this one short of the green into another bunker. What does Tiger do with the opening? He actually putts this, and man that was glorious. Incredible speed as he cozies this inches right of the cup. A conceded birdie. Phil has to hole out to halve.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:48 p.m. ET): Mickelson’s blast to halve never has a chance, as this one comes up 10 feet short. We are back to all square thanks to a Tiger birdie.
MATCH SCORE: All Square thru 7
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 516 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:20 p.m. ET): Mickelson again nukes a driver beautifully. This one is perfect down the left-center. Tiger’s driver response is terrific, as he gets this one down the left side and it rolls all the way about 10 yards past and just right of Mickelson’s ball.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Nothing to report here, as they again go their own ways down this hole.
APPROACH SHOT (4:25 p.m. ET): Phil fires this one right over the flag, and it lands a few feet past and trundles all the way to the back edge, but course knowledge was key here, as the bowl allows this ball to funnel all the way back 10 feet beyond the cup. Tiger from 163 yards just carries the front bunker and this one releases to about 10 feet under the cup.
ON THE GREEN (4:32 p.m. ET): Tiger with just not a good putt. This one had bad speed as it ran a good 3-4 feet by. Mickelson can’t take advantage, as he doesn’t hit his birdie putt hard enough. The ball finishes just left and under the cup. TW has a tester for par and a halve again and does come through another time. Tiger has made every short putt after the miss on No. 2.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 6
Hole No. 5: Par 3, 137 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:09 p.m. ET): Mickelson yells with the ball in mid-air, “Be the right one today” in a reference to Hal Sutton at the 2000 Players Championship. Lefty fires this right at the pin and this rolls about 7 feet left and beyond the cup. Tiger looks to respond … and he hates it. This one if lost right and finishes 40 feet right and long of the cup. Phil wins the closest-to-the-pin side bet here.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: They got chatty again going to No. 5 tee, with Mickelson talking about Woods’ play some 20 years ago.
ON THE GREEN (4:17 p.m. ET): Tiger with an OK lag. This one was speedy and he babies it about 4 feet short. Mickelson babies his 7-footer even worse as this one finishes dead center but 6 inches short of the cup. TW with another tester for par and the halve, he buries it. Important putt there to avoid moving 2 down.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 5
Hole No. 4: Par 5, 564 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:53 p.m. ET): Another beautiful driver from Mickelson down the center. Woods also goes driver and loses this one to the right in the rough. Phil can go for this in two, Tiger it’s unclear.
So far, Mickelson looks much sharper. Especially off the tee.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: Again, no chat between the pair on this hole. We get Lefty talking to Mark Russell, the PGA Tour’s VP of Rules and Competition. It’s some mundane stuff about preparations for education players about upcoming rules changes.
SECOND SHOT (3:59 p.m. ET): Tiger is forced to lay up and he hits an OK shot. This iron appears to end up in the first cut of rough on the right. He’ll still have a wedge third. Mickelson can go for this in two and takes out a 2-iron from 253 yards. He hits a piercing cut, but the ball finishes short and right of the green on the edge of a bunker. Not an easy up and down, but not too difficult. Tiger has a full wedge left for his third.
THIRD SHOT (4:01 p.m. ET): Tiger with a beauty of a wedge! He lands this a few feet below the hole, it hops forward and then stops 3-4 feet beyond the cup. He’ll have a short one for birdie. We’ll see how Lefty responds.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:03 p.m. ET): Lefty with an awkward stance on the bunker edge, as he has to play with the ball well above his feet. But he manages just fine, as this one goes about 3 feet by. Both have short birdie putts.
ON THE GREEN (4:05 p.m. ET): And we have a “Good. Good.” Mickelson gives Tiger his putt and Tiger takes some time before reciprocating but does. A halve with birdies. Mickelson responds, “You know the next hole’s a par 3.” We now have a $100K side bet, closest to the pin on this hole.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 4
Hole No. 3: Par 4, 476 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:40 p.m. ET): A driver down the right side of the fairway here. Phil SMASHED That one. Tiger goes driver too and flails this one out to the right. He’s amidst the rough and trees over there and could be blocked out. We’ll see. Mickelson is in a really nice position early.
Yes, Lefty has already lost $200K in that side bet. That’ll little matter, though, if this hot start leads him to winning this $9 million match.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: These guys don’t converse for the first time after a tee shot today. Might be related to Tiger missing that putt and falling behind, maybe getting into game mode a bit.
We do get a nice moment from the mic though when Lefty remarks to his caddie, brother Tim Mickelson, “I’ve never seen him miss one of those” (referring to Tiger’s short miss on the previous hole). Mickelson also says to Tim, “I can’t get over how frickin cool this is.”
APPROACH SHOT (3:46 p.m. ET): Tiger from 165 yards has to play a low one just left of and under a tree. He does all right from there, leaving this about 10 yards short of the green in the fairway. He couldn’t do a lot more from there. Mickelson is in perfect position from 134 yards and knocks this about 20 feet left and beyond the hole. That’s OK, but he was looking to stuff this one. He can absolutely make that putt though.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:49 p.m. ET): Another nice one here. Tiger pitches this one about 15 feet short of the cup and it rolls out 4 feet short of the cup. Good look for par, but that is about the range he missed from on the last hole.
ON THE GREEN (3:50 p.m. ET): Mickelson with the 20-foot birdie putt to win the hole … Nope. Solid putt that breaks left to right but is just a bit too high and runs about 18 inches by the hole. Tiger gives him that one for par. Woods with the tester to halve, this time he gets it. This one actually hit the left side of the cup and curls in. But it does drop.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 3
Hole No. 2: Par 4, 430 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:26 p.m. ET): Mickelson with another iron right down the fairway. Tiger takes out what looks like a 5-wood and it’s a beauty. His is slightly down the left side of the fairway and is about 10-15 yards past Lefty.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: The pair starts talking about Fred Couples. They both love the man, no surprise there. Mickelson tells a story about a casual match he played with Freddie, not really anything noteworthy there. It appears Tiger flew back from Vegas to hang out with Couples and then came back to Vegas for “The Match.”
APPROACH SHOT (3:32 p.m. ET): An 8-iron from 166 yards for Mickelson, who loses this a little right and it misses the green. It’s only in the fairway about 2-3 yards right of the green. He’s about 30 feet from the hole overall. Woods can’t capitalize, as he goes too long on a 9-iron from 156 yards. His goes over the green and finishes about 5-6 yards past in the fairway. His upcoming chip/pitch appears sightly harder than Phil’s.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:35 p.m. ET): Tiger with a nifty little bump-and-run that he lands in the fringe and it rolls all the way to about 3 feet short of the cup. Tiger is not pleased, mutters “Dead center,” noting that this one was going in if he hit it. Mickelson got too greedy here as he knocks his chip 5 feet by. His chip was pretty easy, so running that by was probably a product of him trying to hole it.
ON THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): Mickelson rolls in that putt right in the center. Woods follows … WOW, he missed it. Tiger seemed to like it and even started walking after it, but it hit the right lip and spun out. Mickelson wins the hole with par.
MATCH SCORE: Mickelson 1 up thru 2
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 379 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:13 p.m. ET): And we’re off! Mickelson takes an iron out first and it is a pretty one down the right side of the fairway. Woods follows with an iron of his own that just trundles a little too far right and sneaks into the right rough. Advantage: Phil.
Remember, there is a $200,000 side bet on this hole that Mickelson makes birdie. Obviously Mickelson wins that if he makes birdie. Woods wins if he doesn’t.
TIGER-PHIL CONVERSATION: As they walk off the tee box, Tiger and Phil immediately begin chatting about how cool emcee Samuel L. Jackson is. They talk club selection briefly and then get into chatting about their kids.
APPROACH SHOT (3:18 p.m. ET): Tiger is first from 135 yards. He was in the rough, which is light but precludes some spin. This one lands about 15 feet short of the cup and finishes 12 feet under the cup. Mickelson follows with a solid shot but doesn’t totally take advantage as his ball lands about 10 feet short and a little left, and spins left. It finishes 10 feet left of the cup.
ON THE GREEN (3:23 p.m. ET): Tiger’s putt misses on the right. You can see he played right-to-left break and it didn’t come far enough back. Woods even mutters that he expected it to break more. So that’s a misread. Mickelson to win the opening hole and a $200,000 side bet … Mickelson with a misread as well! He expected that to move a couple inches left to right and it never broke. That misses left. Mickelson misses an excellent opportunity to win a hole and $200,000. Tiger wins the side bet.
MATCH SCORE: All square thru 1
We’re about ready to go, folks! They’ll be teeing off any minute.
Mickelson wins the coin toss (the “coin” being a poker chip) to decide first-tee honors and elects to tee off first.
He then takes the chip after winning, commenting “You see how I finagled that chip out of him.” Good stuff already.
Yep, of course Tiger arrives in red. Mickelson shows up in black clothing. Mickelson makes a crack on the putting green about Woods wearing red, Woods responds, “Black is slimming.”
The action starts at 3 p.m. ET. Here’s a betting breakdown ahead of “The Match.”