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Tiger vs. Phil: Where does the money go?

November 23, 2018

By now, you’ve heard about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing their big-time match in Las Vegas the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve likely heard some of the stakes, too: a $9 million pot, plus more on the side. But where does that money go? When someone wins, who gets to keep the money?


Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are playing for $9 million dollars in a winner-take-all match play format. That will be the bulk of the money on the table during Friday’s match. That money is not being put up by the players themselves but by sponsors.

Charitable giving

The teams of Woods and Mickelson announced that they will each donate a portion of the proceeds to charities of their choice, according to GolfChannel.com.

Steve Loy, Mickelson’s manager, said that Lefty plans to donate to three different charities: Mickelson’s own foundation, the Children of the 58 fund and the Las Vegas Shriners.

Woods’s agent said that Tiger planned to donate to his own foundation and other unspecified local charities.

Side bets

On Tuesday, Mickelson and Woods agreed on the first side-bet of the week: Mickelson will win $200,000 if he birdies the first hole. Releases from Turner and comments from the players have indicated you can expect plenty more such bets. The side action is said to be coming directly from the pockets of Mickelson and Woods, who hinted that they may be willing to wager into the seven figures of their own cash.

Match organizers

Among the interested parties is WarnerMedia, the organizers of the pay-per-view match. You can be sure that they are heavily invested in the result. “I wanted us to be as fresh as possible,” he said. “There are very few times in your career when you get to build something from scratch,” said Craig Barry, chief content officer for Turner, in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The Match will be available through Turner’s B/R Live platform, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, and others. No tickets will be sold to the public. You can find out more information below on how to watch.

So how much will The Match cost?

The Match costs $19.99. That gets you access to the live stream as well as the ability to watch a replay for 48 hours after the event.

Where will The Match be played?

The Match will be played at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. The ultra-exclusive MGM-owned Tom Fazio design is the highest-rated course in Nevada. You can learn more about it here.


What time does The Match start?

The Match begins at 3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST. If you’re planning to order The Match, there are some things you may want to consider. For starters, the platform you purchase The Match on is the only place you’ll be able to watch it. That means purchasing a stream on a device will not work when you try cable.

How and where can you stream The Match?

Want to stream the match? Mobile, desktop and connected devices will offer plenty of options. The Bleacher Report app is available from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or on br.live.

A list of supported devices for B/R Live can be found here.

The build-up to The Match has intensified in the days leading up to the event. Both Woods and Mickelson arrived in Las Vegas early in the week and held a press conference on Tuesday. That led to plenty of humorous moments as well as some smack talk.