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Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods on 22nd hole in $9m showdown

Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods on 22nd hole in $9m showdown

Money from side bets will also be donated to charity.

But since their heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, both Woods and Mickelson have been in steady decline.

No player ever led by more than one hole. But Mickelson tied him with a birdie putt at the 14th, then went ahead when Woods bogeyed the 15th.

"I was half a second from giving him that putt because he always makes those, " Mickelson said to his brother, Tim, who was his caddie.

It's always hard to tell in match play, but it looks like Woods would have been 3 under through 22 holes with six birdies.

With temperatures dipping into the 50s and the pair playing a 93-yard makeshift playoff hole from the practice putting surface back to the 18th green, Mickelson put his third attempt at the hole inside 5 feet.

After he birdied the 17th, Woods said to caddie Joe LaCava "just like old times, buddy".

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Mickelson then referred to a champion's belt that Friday's victor received, telling Woods, "I will wear this belt buckle every time I see you". "C'mon Charles, I know you got your sticks with you".

Mickelson also had the advantage in challenge bets.

Woods won a $200,000 side bet on the first hole when Mickelson failed to make birdie.

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.

The victory came after 22 holes of finely balanced play between two of golf's greatest players and organisers even had to call on artificial lighting to ensure the game reached a conclusion in bitter cold conditions. "I think it added to the competition". Woods was only here for a practice round Tuesday, then joined his family in Palm Springs, California, for Thanksgiving and then returned Friday morning.

Woods has won 14 professional major championships and Mickelson has five.

Woods split the 18th fairway, while Mickelson's drive wound up in the first cut of the rough.


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