You are one of two people. A Tiger Fan or a Phil Fan. There’s no middle ground, no “Well Tiger is my favorite but Phil is a good guy and I like him too!”. Cut the BS and pick a side. I drew the line as soon as I can remember watching Tiger win his first majors in the late 90’s. Every since that moment, I have rooted against Phil every chance I could get because all he did was mope around and whine about how he couldn’t beat Tiger. This Friday will be no different. All of Phil’s corny slights and jabs he made early in the season are going to cost him to the tune of $9 Million.
Let’s roll back the clocks to May at the Players where this all started. Coming off a victory at the WGC event in Mexico, Phil was feeling himself to say the least. He started talking about how he and Tiger should go head to head and that Tiger was scared of him. Tiger of course followed that up, saying “We can play for whatever makes Phil uncomfortable”. That got the ball rolling, and every week from there on conversations about, when, where, and for how much money started being thrown around. Jump ahead to August 23rd, “The Match” was officially announced. $9 million dollars, winner takes all, match-play, mic’d up, paper view, no spectators, side wagers, all to be had at Shadow Creek in Vegas the day after Thanksgiving.
Shadow Creek is one of the most exclusive courses in the country. The Tom Fazio designed course was built for Steve Wynn nearly 25 years ago. When his casinos folded, MGM took over the course. Is their a more fitting course for two of golf’s biggest gamblers? We caught a glimpse of the course on HBO’s 24/7 feature with Tiger and Phil, when Phil flew himself and some buddies out to play the course around the Ryder Cup. The course looks phenomenal and should make for a great test for these two players. The one big question leading up to this is how to present a +4 hour golf match with only two players? Well, Bleacher Report brought in some big guns to help with that.
Ernie Johnson, one of the most recognizable voices in sports television will be anchoring the broadcast with the help of Peter Jacobson and Darren Clarke. Obviously Jake is one of the best in the business when it comes to booth commentary and Darren will bring some European flair and knowledge having played against these two for the better part of 20 years. Also joining the team are Shane Bacon from Fox and LPGA Vet Natalie Gulbis who will be on the course reporting. Even with such a start studded group, I think the most exciting to watch will be the pre-show that HBO is expected to announce that will be hosted by Adam Lefoke, Sir Charles Barkley, PGA Tour vet Pat Perez, and Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe Billy Walters will show up for an interview before hand. Grab your popcorn and peanuts and enjoy the show.
With all of that being said, who is going to win? The current odds have moved in Tiger’s favor as he is now -190 and Phil is the dog at +165. Obviously, Tiger is going to destroy him. I’m feeling a 3&2 win for Tiger, like he said in an interview with Ernie Johnson, “I’ve been in Phil’s head for over 20 years” and I don’t expect things to be different Friday. In typical Vegas Fashion, there are more prop bets to choose from than there are toys at F.A.O Schwartz. So go place a few wagers, buy the match for $20 bucks and recover from your turkey day with Big Cat taking Big Foot to the woodshed.
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