Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Make $200k Side Bet for 'The Match' Golf Friendly

Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face-off during a press conference before The Match at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match

Phil Mickelson managed to "bait" Tiger Woods into a $200,000 side bet for their upcoming winner-take-all $9 million golf match on Friday in Las Vegas.

During a news conference at Shadow Creek to promote "The Match" on Tuesday, Mickelson revealed that he's been thinking of side challenges to be included in the pay-per-view event.

"I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me," Mickelson said. "And I believe -- in fact I'm willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that's how good I feel heading into this match."

Mickelson told Woods that he wasn't obligated to accept, but still managed to lure him in with a back-and-forth during the news conference. "So you think you can make birdie on the first hole?

"I know I'm going to make birdie on the first hole," Mickelson said.

"Double it," Woods responded.

The Tiger-Phil match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. EST, with Woods entering as a -200 favorite at the Westgate. However, Mickelson is eager to earn some bragging rights over his longtime rival.

The match has been promoted similarly to a boxing match, including a staged stare-down at the end, which was broken up by laughter from both participants, as well as banter, plenty of hype and back-slapping from the legendary golfers who have become much friendlier toward each other in recent years.

Mickelson, 48, joked that Woods, 42, is six years younger than him "even though he doesn't look it," and added a summary of their respective careers.

"He came along and broke every single record I had," Mickelson said. "Junior records, college. U.S. Amateur: I won one, he won three. At Shadow Creek, I shot the course-record 61. A couple of years later you shoot 60.

"But Friday you've got to do it simultaneously. You can't come along and do it later. It's my chance after losing so many tournaments to you, so many majors, to get something back."

Mickelson said that the upcoming match has motivated him to practice during what would normally be an off period.

"This is a unique opportunity to do something that I've had a hard time doing, which is to get a leg up on Tiger even if it's just one day," Mickelson said. "It's great to win the $9 million, but I just don't want to lose to him. The bragging rights are the thing. I want to be able to rub it in; I don't want it to be rubbed in. I want to sit in the champions locker room at Augusta [National, home of the Masters] and talk smack."

Woods revealed that he "shut it down for three or four weeks" after participating in the Ryder Cup before resuming golf activity.

"I've been getting back practicing and playing and grinding and playing golf again," he said. "It's been fun. Gets my juices flowing again."