The sport of golf may have a fifth 'major' on its hands in the near future.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who have won a combined 122 PGA Tour events and 19 major championships, are reportedly planning a $10 million winner-take-all match.
The two legends have long been interconnected, beginning as young boys growing up in the suburbs of Southern California. Being that Mickelson is 5 1/2 years older than Woods, he stole the spotlight during the 1980s setting the bar with numerous junior records.
The competitive nature between the two stars only grew stronger as their careers reached the PGA Tour level.
A relationship that began with various press conference jabs and a clear distaste for one another, has recently begun to soften with age.
After their surprise practice round together at the Masters in April, the golf world was left wondering if the two had something up their sleeves.
Fast forward a month to the Players Championship that was held May 10–13 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match. Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round," said Mickelson after their round.
Meanwhile, the golf world had no idea that match negotiations were well underway between the two parties.
"I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable," said Woods, playing along.
Per Golf.com, Mickelson and Woods are expected to tee it up in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Knowing how business-oriented the two golfers are, don't be surprised if this head-to-head match isn't just a one-time thing. A time has not been announced.
Just as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did, Woods and Mickelson seem to have put their once bitter rivalry in the past as they approach the twilight of their career.