Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods considering $10-million exhibition match

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

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According to reports from Golf.com, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickleson are planning on facing off in a 18-hole Matchplay event, with the victor taking $10 million.

There's no date yet for the dream match, but Golf reports it's likely to take place at the Shadow Creek course in Las Vegas and will be televised in a prime-time special.

"We're working on a different date", Mickelson said Thursday. Apparently this was close enough to happening on July 3rd that Mickelson thought it was a done deal, but it fell through. There was the practice round ahead of the Masters in April, when Woods and Mickelson teamed up to beat Fred Couples and Thomas Pieters over nine holes that Couples described as "very loud, very fun".

There have been murmurs of some sort of exhibition between the two golfers going back to the Players Championship in May, when they were grouped for the first two rounds and Mickelson suggested they skip "the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match". During a practice round, an idea sparked between rivals-turned-friends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson; rather than continue playing exclusively in tournaments, why not play head-to-head in a victor take all match?

Woods' camp has yet to speak about the proposed match and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

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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.

"It's a ridiculous amount of money", Mickelson said. Mickelson was part of just one of those matches. Not with $10 million on the line. Many golf fans have been wondering if these two will ever face each other in a competitive round.

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

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.

"We're at the tail end of our careers [and] we both know that".

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