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Coincidence: What worked and what he did not do in Tiger vs. Phil

LAS VEGAS – You know what they say: the match does not start until the 17th hole on Friday.

Thanks to a birdie birdie by Tiger Woods on the penultimate hole in Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, finally the famous buzz between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. After four holes in the playoffs, it's over.

Mikelsson won 1st with bird's eye on the 22nd hole – a 93-brilliant improvised hole that started the training green and returned to the 18th green – played under the spotlight only when they came out after the dark.

By winning the PGA Tour for the first time since 2013 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, Mikelsson won 9 million dollars earlier this year.

He also earned $ 600,000 through various challenges that occur throughout the day, an amount that will be donated to charity.

"That was very special," said Mikelsson. "It was a very good day for me, I thought we were playing very good golf, we had the chance to go head to head and it was back and forth, and I think it's exciting."

So what's up? What not? What can we expect to move forward? Here's all you need to know about the match.


That was what you expect from the twenty-forties who did not play in a few weeks.

On top of that, Mikelsson made four feathers in 22 holes while Woods did the same. Woods made three bombs for the day as both golfers fired 3-floor par 69s.

The most important thing was the Woods' chip-in on the 17th, coming from the back of the green on a slippery slope. This led to Woods' greatest celebration of the day. Michelson's big feast came at 13th after his own bird.

The weather was calm and did not affect the golfer all day, but Woods admitted it was hard to read on ducks, especially when the sun went down.

"I called LaCava on every patch that comes back home," said Woods. "It was hard for me to deal with the dim light until we finished trying to see our lines."

Woods felt he and Michelsen were back all day.

"Phil had a lead role, and I have a leading role, and the next thing you know is that we're going to the last hole," said Woods. "It was back and forth, very competitive, on a golf course that played a bit of the difficult country. There were several rounded pins in them. We had to be a little careful.

Mickelson – a lot of Woods' disappointment – said he was "driving him like a stallion" during the match, which would give him confidence to move to the 2019 PGA Tour season. He eliminates the gods of the day, and that is ultimately the difference.

Fortunately, the game ended in an exciting way, as the way the two golfers played was a bigger fight with the pillows than with the prize.


It was like the masters, but with mobile phones. And free alcohol.

There are no official numbers, but it is available on the spot that about 1,000 people attended in person. Fueled by free tequila – in fact, everything you asked for – and the late afternoon sun, the crowd was wild but not disrespectful.

The crowd was a mix of mostly business executives in Ralph Lauren sweaters or sandals, zircons, professional athletes and celebrities or someone who knew someone.

Andrew Roddick (tennis), Ben Stiller (actor), Samuel L. Jackson (actor), Charles Barkley (basketball), Michelle Wy (LPGA Tournament Golf), Paige Spirachak (model for a sports illustrative swimsuit ), Jeremy Roenick (retired hockey) and Dexter Fowler (baseball).

There was a small Canadian contingent of guests, a design firm based in Toronto, which actually provided some of the signage infrastructure that included legendary comedian Norm McDonald who was walking around with a pussy he used as a cane.

While there is free alcohol and the end of November, the sun will continue to be a success on the ground.

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The Shadow Creek Golf Course is extremely exclusive – it costs $ 500 to play, you have to stay at MGM Resorts property and take a limousine to and from The Strip – and rarely happens to the general public seeing it,

Even if you make pony money, less than 24 people play it every day.

Founded in the 1990s and designed by Tom Fazio, at that time the course was a lonely green area in this part of Las Vegas – about 25 minutes from The Strip.

Built on an empty flat desert, the 350 acre land (purchased for more than $ 60 million) had three million square feet of dirt to build the wavy mounds. More than 21,000 trees are planted and have lakes, streams, waterfalls and rocky areas that make it more like a place in Carolina vs. Las Vegas.

The course was, in some cases, the star of the show. A decent host.


There was no shortage of cameras and camera angles to be used throughout the day and definitely had a new perspective brought to golf coverage.

If you've set up, you could see bets on the coverage along with more hardcore gambling numbers. It was a bit confusing sometimes, especially since the viewers were accustomed to some kind of cover.

There were many speakers – almost too many. Ernie Johnson, Peter Jacobson, Darren Clark, Shane Bacon, Natalie Gulbis, Adam Lefuk, Charles Barclay, Pat Perez, and Samuel L. Jackson alternated by giving their observations. The star was Bacon, who helped with Fox Sports US Open and covered the interviews during the course – and Barclays, who was not afraid to express his opinion (example: "I can beat these guys.")

There were a few awkward points for conversation throughout the day – who jumped and when – but the whole coverage spectrum would always be a test.

According to the reports, Athletes of Turner Sports eventually released the "Phil Tiger" game for free at the Live Bayers Life (instead of $ 20) when the purchase function broke.

There were several bright spots if they wanted to try again. Reducing the number of distributors would be a good start. With Woods and Mikelsson coming in, that's what the real golf fan wanted to hear – against an analyst who was talking about them.

"I think with two boys we broke the old school on TV," Mikelsson said. "I'm curious to see some of the photos of the drones and some of the microphones and curious roaming cameras seeing how it's turned into it because it's about creating a better viewer experience as we continue this sport."

The side challenges were a bit on the flop. There were eight in total. Four were tied up as Michelang won three and Woodson won one (a bet of $ 200,000 on hole # 1). Mikelsson insisted mostly on the challenges until he finally asked Woods to dial a number.

Better play: Have predefined challenges so there are no awkward exchanges. Every five out of five must be a challenge with a long drive, whereas every third of three must be the closest pin. You almost expected Mikelsson to say, "Okay, $ 100,000 I'll beat him," but they admitted they were more involved in the race as the day failed.

"I focused on trying to hit a gun, get Phil to warm up, put a ball on the green, make a fifth," said Woods. "I lost in the heat of the race, which, when I turned back, was fun to get lost there, in the warmth of the moment, in a compelling scenario against Phil."

Talk to trash

The best tweet of the day happened in the media center after the round when Woods pushed Mikelsson to the size of his waist.

The winner received a belt with diamond and gold, which is obviously built for someone with a Woods waist size rather than Mickelson's.

"You'll have to take a new belt," said Woods.

"These are not the" masters, "but it's not" Open USA, "but it's something, it's just nice to have something for you, Mikelsson said with a smile.

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Mikelsson, on the left, was the winner after four holes in the playoffs. (John Locker / AP)

Although Woods had said they were walking around each other, the day went on, it was clear they were more focused on golf than putting people in their conversation.

"We are giving the needle all the time, it was a bit different today because we had blackmail here and there, but … I lost myself in the competition," said Woods.

Talking about garbage has been billed as something that would add to the scope of the event itself, but it fell.

Mikelsson admits he has done a little, is a little "compulsive" from the player's point of view, but he believes he's okay.

"I think we liked it, I'm curious to see how they got and how people enjoy it," he said. "Maybe in the big picture that will be something that people are interested in and want more than to bring the people into the game and what you have … I do not know if we had such a big picture We were just trying to do something special, different. "


The game had several bright spots and the organizers could move away, feeling it was a success, but there was room for improvement.

The golf course and the setting were idyllic. The relevant players made sense – here they hope to add another player to both sides next time – and the game, though free sometimes, creates fun moments.

Coverage was billed as innovative, but without good side challenges and interesting bands, it quickly became another golf event.

But on Friday afternoon in November, Phil Michelson and Tiger Woods may say they have done their job. They delivered it and it would be surprising if they did not do it again.

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