Golf's first venture into pay-per-view was hyped like a Las Vegas prizefight but proved more of a pillow fight with both golfers in jovial mood, playing for a purse that was put up by sponsors and will go to a charity of Mickelson's choice.
In addition to the whopping $US9 million up for grabs to the victor of the one-off, 18-hole exhibition between the two golf champions, the pay-per-view first would also see each make hefty bets throughout the round.
Mickelson shot a contrived 93-yard par 3 on 22nd hole that included a tee box set on the practice green so lights could be set up for the players, CBS Sports reports.
It's the first time gambling and sports has been so overtly aligned in a United States sports broadcast, but at least these bets were going to charity.
The added amount of viewers, some of whom found out about the free stream on social media, did not seem to impact the quality of the stream itself.
Woods twice missed the green, and after Mickelson missed a 6-footer that would have won, he told Woods to pick up his 5-footer.
With the match all square through regulation, Mickelson sealed the win at the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff when he drained a four-foot birdie putt on a makeshift 93-yard hole after the duo had teed off from a practice green.
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BREAKING: Source says Turner execs chose to give Phil-Tiger match away for free on B/R Live streaming platform (instead of $20 charge) when purchase function broke down to point where those who bought had trouble getting in. It took four extra holes for Mickelson to emerge victorious. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished under floodlights. Both have already committed to $200,000 for the first shot.
Mickelson and Woods sparred over 22 rounds of match-play golf in front of an invitation-only gallery of 700 people at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.
Those side bets were to be paid to the respective players' charitable foundations with the players' own funds.
Woods said he enjoyed the match, even if he was on the losing end. Going from a potential putt for $9 million, Mickelson instead pulled the putt left of the cup, squaring the match going to the 18th hole.
"You couldn't have made this event any better than it was, " he said.
"We were going back and forth".