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NEWS: Mickelson Defeats Woods On Fourth Extra Hole To Win ‘The Match’

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods talk with announcer Ernie Johnson after their match. (Photo: Harry How, Getty Images)

After a long afternoon of lead changes and missed opportunities by both players, Phil Mickelson made birdie on the 22nd hole to defeat Tiger Woods and win $9 million in a made-for-TV duel at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

The match had a strange feel to it from the beginning with Mickelson and Woods struggling mightily on a soft golf course set up with the intention of inducing birdies. Neither player could build an advantage of greater than 1 up the entire day.

Mickelson took an early 1 up lead after Woods missed a three-foot par putt on No. 2. The margin stayed there until the par-5 7th where Woods made birdie and Mickelson went bunker-to-bunker with his third shot. The margin returned to 1 up for Mickelson a hole later when Woods three-putted for bogey on the par-3 8th.

Although Mickelson outplayed Woods on the front nine, momentum turned toward Woods as he birdied both the 11th and 12th holes to take a 1 up lead of his own. That lead was short-lived as Mickelson came back with a birdie on the par-3 13th to square the match with five holes remaining.

On the 15th hole, it looked as if Mickelson might have taken control for good. Woods hit a horrible wedge approach to the par 4 and botched his chip shot, leading to a bogey and a lost hole. The margin stayed a 1 up for Mickelson until the par-3 17th when Woods holed a beautiful chip from behind the green and Mickelson narrowly missed his birdie putt.

They went to the par-5 18th hole all square. Woods made a 5-foot birdie putt and then conceded Mickelson’s 4-foot birdie putt, sending them back to play the 18th once again. This time, Woods did not go for the green and then hit a close wedge shot to eight feet while Mickelson hit a poor second shot that narrowly escaped the water. Mickelson escaped his fried egg in the bunker with a par while Woods missed his eight-foot putt to win the match.

As deemed by the rules, the 20th hole was a makeshift par-3 of 93 yards where players would hit off of the practice putting green back towards the 18th green. The sun had set and lights were turned on so the play could continue.

Neither player could draw blood the first two times around on the bonus hole as Woods went long both times and Mickelson couldn’t make either of his birdie putts to win. On the 21st hole, Woods had a five-foot putt for par to extend the match but Mickelson conceded it and they went to a 22nd hole.

Both players hit solid tee balls on the 22nd hole, but Woods narrowly missed his birdie putt. Mickelson then converted a four-foot putt to capture the match, which he finally converted for the victory.


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