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Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods in The Match on 22nd hole

By Wayne Staats
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It took a Friday night under the lights on the 22nd hole for Phil to best Tiger for the $9 million prize.

The Match: Tiger vs. Phil, WarnerMedia's presentation of the Capital One showdown, needed four extra holes from Shadow Creek in Las Vegas to determine the $9 million winner. After Tiger missed on a putt of 7 feet, 8 inches, Phil came through with a winning putt of a little more than 4 feet.

"He’s the greatest of all-time," Mickelson said about Tiger after the win. "But to have a little bit of smack talk for the coming years means a lot to me, because I really don’t have much on him."

Before needing the four extra holes, Mickelson never trailed on the front nine before trailing briefly on the second nine.

Even though Tiger fell short, he had his moments, most memorably chipping in for birdie on No. 17 that brought the match back to all-square. Before the chip, Mickelson was a lengthy birdie putt away from clinching the match. Instead, Tiger won the hole in thrilling fashion.

On Tiger's chip, it looked like a highlight the golf world has seen countless times before.

A Tiger fistpump.

During the match, the two had side bets to add some pressure to the day and to give money to charity. Phil lost the side bet on the very first hole, as he needed a birdie to get $200K. But after that, it was all Phil. Mickelson went 3-for-3 in winning closest to pins, totaling $600K

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Phil Mickelson was out practicing on Thanksgiving, getting ready for Friday.

Phil and Tiger Woods will compete for $9 million in a winner-take-all showdown. However, the two golf stars will also add side challenges during the event. That could mean a long-drive challenge, closest-to-the-pin contest, or more. Money will be donated to the winning golfer's charity of choice.

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Earlier this week, Tiger and Phil had a press conference to allow for some smack talk. That included some big talk on a first side bet. Phil put a wager of $100k that he would birdie the first hole.

Tiger: "Double it."

Phil said he wants to win so he can be in the champions' locker room at Augusta National and talk smack. Tiger might have had an even better dig. Though Phil mentioned some wins he has over Tiger, the latter didn't bring up his 80 wins on the PGA Tour or his 14 major titles. Instead, Tiger went right at Phil's hole in his resume: "U.S. Opens."

Tiger has three U.S. Open titles. Phil has finished second or tied for second six times — and that's kept him from completing the career grand slam.

The Match: Tiger vs. Phil is set to tee off at high noon (3 pm ET) on Friday and can be purchased on Pay-Per-View through AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse, B/R Live and select local cable providers.

Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe will host a one-hour, pre-match show (starting at 2 pm ET) with three-time PGA Tour winner Pat Perez, along with Samuel L. Jackson and Charles Barkley, among other special guests. The pre-show commentator team will also be integrated into the live event coverage at select moments during the competition.
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How to watch The Match: Tiger vs. Phil

B/R Live, Turner’s new premium live sports streaming service, will offer the most direct access to purchase the PPV event across any digital platform. B/R Live is available at https://live.bleacherreport.com; by downloading the B/R Live app through iTunes or Google Play; and/or via Apple TV, the Roku platform and Amazon Fire TV.
 
Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be available on PPV through Turner’s B/R Live, AT&T’s DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse. The PPV will be distributed to other cable, satellite and telco operators including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon and Altice in the U.S. and Rogers, Shaw and Bell in Canada through In Demand and Vubiquity (an Amdocs Company). Turner International will facilitate the distribution of live PPV access outside the U.S. and Canada.