Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in talks for $10 million golf showdown

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

That's why, according to Golf.com's Alan Shipnuck, an unnamed major television network came very close to getting Woods and Phil Mickelson to square off in a winner-take-all, $10 million match on July 3.

Golf Magazine reports the two, once enemies and now friends, almost played the "giggle golf" game on July 3, but negotiations for the match (and its accompanying prime-time special), couldn't be completed in that time.

Earlier this week, Mickleson admitted the pair are working on organising the event for the future, which would be a first in the sports long and prestigious history.

Mickelson confirmed to Shipnuck that the involved parties are "working on a different date".

Mickelson was part of just one of those matches. I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round.

The first seeds of a possible one-on-one match between the two were planted at the Masters in April, when they joined forces to play a practice round.

It turns out that negotiations for such a match already were underway during the Players and that Mickelson and Woods merely were priming the pump.

As for whether or not winning $10 million is ultimately a big deal for either golfer, Mickelson seems to feel like a lot of money is still a lot of money, no matter how much you have in the bank.

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Now there's reportedly a good chance that we could be treated to a match play event where those two players could sort out their rivalry face-to-face.

Woods's representatives declined to comment.

Told about the idea later, Woods said: "I'm definitely not against that".

In an age of young talent coming up through the ranks, Mickelson and Woods rank 8th and 47th respectively in the FedEx Cup Standings.

"It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson says. It's these little nuances that would take the head-to-head match to the next level.

Woods and Mickelson are the top two active earners on the PGA Tour (Woods with over $111 million, Mickelson with over $87 million) and have made plenty more off of endorsements.

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.

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