Neither player needs the money, but both are fierce competitors and with Woods back in form he deserves the favourite tag, " said sportsbet.com.au's Will Byrne.
Woods said at the British Open in Carnoustie in July that he and Mickelson were "still working" on the details of the contest, originally reported to be an 18-hole "winner-takes-all" showdown worth $10 million. "No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone", Mickelson has said when asked if the match would take place.
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Woods, of course, is also playing in the upcoming WCG Invitational at Bridgestone over the weekend, as he looks to top his second-place finish at Valspar earlier this year. "We both like to talk smack, and we both have fun with what we're doing".
The two star golfers have had a contentious relationship during their careers, though they have been brought together recently due to a variety of factors including on-course struggles and appearances representing the United States at the Ryder Cup. "And the fact that this isn't an official tournament, that it's just a head-to-head match, you'll hear some of the little nuances, some of the little things that you don't normally pick up".
"I'm definitely not against that". Mickelson is expected to play in his 12th consecutive Ryder Cup this year, while Woods has already been named a vice captain and hopes to receive an at-large selection from captain Jim Furyk. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable". "I thought it was done for the 3rd but obviously it wasn't".