Tiger-Lefty match set for Thanksgiving week

It will be Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with your leftover turkey.

Mickelson confirmed, without elaborating, on Thursday after his first round in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that he and Woods will play in a one-on-one, winner-take all showdown match on Thanksgiving weekend.

The event, which reportedly will have a $10-million prize for the winner, will take place on Friday, Nov. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 24 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

“It’s a ridiculous amount of money,” Mickelson told Golf.com last month. “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”

Woods is 16th on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in the world for 2018 at $43.3 million, while Mickelson is 22nd at $41.3 million.

Asked about the match after his opening round at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday, Woods told reporters: “I have nothing further to add to it. We haven’t signed anything, nothing’s confirmed.”

The 42-year-old Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, second behind Sam Snead’s 82, and has 14 major victories, trailing only Jack Nicklaus’ 18. He hasn’t won anywhere since 2013, but has shown flashes of his old form this season following four back surgeries.

Mickelson, 48, has 42 PGA Tour titles and is a five-time major champion. Lefty is known for his money games against other members of the circuit early in the week of tournaments.

Woods, from Cypress, and Mickelson, from San Diego, have been rivals since they played against each other in Southern California junior golf, but their relationship was strained at times over the years.

However, they reportedly have become friends in recent years while involved with the United States teams for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Woods and Mickelson have played several practice rounds together this year, including on Wednesday at Firestone.

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