Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s highly anticipated match is now in the books, with Mickelson prevailing at last with a birdie on the 22nd hole.
As the victor, Mickelson took home $9 million for his effort (a portion of which is already earmarked for three different charities), but there was some serious side betting going on throughout the day. Here’s a list of every prop bet from The Match.
1. Phil loses $200K
Tiger and Phil made headlines early in the week when Phil bet Tiger $100K that he (Phil) would birdie the first hole. Tiger asked for him to double the wager before accepting.
Unfortunately for Phil, his nine-foot attempt slipped by — an expensive miss.
2. Tiger loses $100K
On the 137-yard par-3 fifth hole at Shadow Creek, a $100K closest-to-the-pin wager was awarded to Phil after Tiger’s wedge landed well right of the hole.
3. Tiger loses another $200K
On the 190-yard par-3 eighth hole, Tiger’s ball settled about 40 feet from the hole again, and Phil squeaked inside of him by just a few feet — good enough to cash in on yet another $200K closest-to-the-pin side bet.
4. Both players push $1 million
At the short par-4 ninth hole, Phil offered up a bet for $100K if either player holed out for eagle on their second shot. After talking with Tiger, the pair decided to “add a 0 to it,” meaning they were now playing for an incredible $1,000,000. Unfortunately, neither player came very close, ending up in a push.
5. Tiger loses $300K
The closest-to-the-pin wagers just weren’t going Tiger’s way on Friday. After going one-up on the 12th hole for the first time in the match, Woods hit it to 15 feet on the 213-yard par-3 13th hole, but Phil bested him with a tidy shot to nine feet — which he also converted for birdie to square the match.
After pocketing another $300K on this hole, Phil’s tally rose to $400K in the black.
The “side action” didn’t end up being as robust as many predicted, with both Tiger and Phil opting to grind on the back side as the match tightened.
Unfortunately for Tiger, he failed to prevail on any of the on-course wagers after the first hole. At the end of the day, Phil took home not only the $9 million, but also $400K from Tiger’s pocket.