Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been sending me messages on social media. Originally I thought they were inviting me to golf with them in Las Vegas. Turns out they’re meeting each other November 23 in a $9-million, winner-take-all competition. The tweets they’ve been sending have been half-hearted taunts about ‘The Match.’
It won’t be open to the public, just VIPs, guests and sponsors. The daytime broadcast will be available only on various pay-per-view platforms. And the prize money comes from broadcasting rights and advertisers.
To make ‘The Match’ more palatable, the agent for each player let it be known the golfers will be donating part of the prizes to charity, some to the charitable foundations they have established.
This match should have taken place 15 years ago, when Tiger and Phil were at their peaks, as in peak performance and in peak dislike for each other. And it’s a bad coincidence that while Tiger’s game is resurgent these days, Phil’s game seems to be fading. I haven’t blocked those tweets yet, but I doubt the hype is going to work.