WATCH: Tiger needles Phil for turning down $200,000 bet

November 23, 2018
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Sitting 1-down through six holes of The Match, Tiger Woods gained a slight advantage off the tee at No. 7 and looked to double down. Standing in the fairway at the par-5, Woods was some 30 yards closer than opponent Phil Mickelson, who had sliced his tee shot just off the fairway.

Woods proposed a side bet: $200k for low score on the hole. But Mickelson, sitting in worse position, wasn’t biting. He asked for better odds, proposing 3:2 to even out the advantage. “You either take it or you don’t,” Woods said. But Phil remained mum from there, effectively nixing the bet.

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Tiger and Phil walking together at The Match.
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As they walked up the fairway alongside each other, Tiger razzed him for turning down the bet.

“Even with your short game?” Woods asked.

“I usually will bite, even with a disadvantage,” Mickelson allowed. But in this case, he showed smart restraint. Mickelson’s approach found the bunker, and Woods made a neat two-putt birdie to get the match back to all square.

There was plenty of other action flying around, however. Mickelson missed a $200k putt on the first hole, and Woods missed a costly three-footer a hole later.