Phil Mickelson Loses $200k Bet to Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson Loses $200k Bet to Tiger Woods”

"So that was an opportunity that went wasted, and Phil capitalized on it".

The lucrative head-to-head showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was struggling to live up to the hype as both players failed to find their best form over the front nine at Shadow Creek. Woods was only here for a practice round Tuesday, then joined his family in Palm Springs, California, for Thanksgiving and then returned Friday morning. "200 says I birdie the first hole". Mickelson would have been 4 under with 5 birdies.

Woods, who trailed by 1 hole before chipping in for birdie on the 17th hole, had a chance to win on the first extra hole - the 18th - but missed an 8-footer for birdie. But he missed, prompting this triumphantly smug reaction from Woods.

Each player birdied the par-5 final hole of regulation; Tiger made his putt then let Mickelson pick up his ball, conceding Mickelson would make it.

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Woods said he enjoyed the match, even if he was on the losing end.

The final hole used the practice green for the tee box and course workers put in a new hole on the 18th green.

There was some banter between Woods and Mickelson early on, but not much as the stakes increased. It took two more goes before the victor birdied under the lights.

The matchplay between the two Americans went to a 22nd hole before Mickelson sunk a four-foot putt for victory.

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The five-time major victor also recovered from losing a $200,000 (£156,000) side bet on the opening hole by winning three nearest-the-pin contests for a total of $600,000 dollars (£468,000), with that money reportedly coming from the players themselves and being donated to charity.

He also won $600,000 in side bets from Woods, with the money earmarked for the Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation. Mickelson hit a solid drive to the green and Woods sent his to the back edge.

A hefty amount of cash from the whopping purse is being donated to each player's charity, with a series of huge side bets also keeping things interesting between the pair.

"I just hit bad shots", Woods said of the 93-yard makeshift holes.

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