News broke Friday that the two are in the works on playing each other for $10 million dollar victor takes all exhibition. In fact, it nearly happened this week as the two were set to take the course on July 3rd, per Golf.com's Alan Shipnuck, but those plans fell through.
"We're working on a different date", Mickelson told the site Thursday. "I thought it was done for the third but obviously it wasn't", he said.
15 years ago, the two did mix it up in prime time, but it was never head to head. The Tiger-Phil rivalry was one of the biggest stories in golf for a period of time.
Woods' camp has yet to speak about the proposed match and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
"We'll play for whatever makes him comfortable", Woods, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess $740 million, also said.The $10 million pot for this gimmick represents extremely high stakes.
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It's a heavyweight bout to take two of the golf's biggest stars out of their comfort zone in an unorthodox way that could reshape American golf as we know it. It's no secret Woods has gotten the best of Mickelson over the years, but Lefty is not too far behind. However, the negotiations between the two players, TV networks and sponsors didn't get done in time.
This would be must-see TV for any golf fan.
Mickelson started talking up the idea in April after the two rivals played a practice round together at the Masters. Mickelson has surged up to No. 20 in the world and captured his first win since 2013 at the WGC-Mexico Championships in early March.
Whenever it takes place, the matchup between Woods (79 PGA Tour victories) and Mickelson (43 PGA Tour victories) should be a good 'un. They've been known to have a relationship that's both friendly and highly competitive, with both players taking playful jabs at each other in the press over the years. The U.S. Open drew its highest overall viewership in three years, but the final round (featuring Mickelson but not Woods, who missed the cut) scored a 3.2 rating and 5.083 million viewers, close to the all-time low.