Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson ‘working on’ £7.2m rematch to be played during coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

TIGER WOODS and Phil Mickelson are “working on” a £7.2million rematch to be played DURING the coronavirus pandemic.

Legendary Lefty Mickelson, 49, confirmed on Twitter that he was in talks with 15-time Major champion Woods over a one-on-one shootout.

 Woods and Mickelson are 'working on' plans for a rematch to be played during the coronavirus pandemic
Woods and Mickelson are ‘working on’ plans for a rematch to be played during the coronavirus pandemicCredit: USA TODAY Sports

A fan tweeted 2013 Open winner Mickelson and Woods, 44, the following: “Do you think there is a chance you two go play a round mic’d up with one camera guy and just put it out there on a stream for people to watch? We need live sports.”

And Mickelson replied: “Working on it.”

One user followed that up with: “Please don’t tease.”

Only for Mickelson to hit back: “I don’t tease. I’m kinda a sure thing.”

The suggestion is that the mega-money, winner-takes-all 18-hole shootout would be played amid the global health crisis.

Mickelson has previously said their rematch could include other athletes, and rumours have been rife for a while that NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning could team up with the two golfers.

 Mickelson pocketed £7m cash when the pair last clashed in 2018
Mickelson pocketed £7m cash when the pair last clashed in 2018Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Woods and Mickelson previously competed in a made-for-TV event in Las Vegas back in 2018.

Dubbed ‘The Match’, Mickelson beat Woods on the fourth hole of sudden death to pocket the $9m (£7m) winner’s prize.

The pair also had two side bets worth £645,000 on the table – although those were donated to charity.

The Match was meant to be a pay-per-view special but technical difficulties meant it was streamed for free online.

Such a scenario is possible again, with the entire sporting calendar decimated by coronavirus.

The Masters – where Woods was defending champion – and USPGA Championship have been postponed indefinitely.

The US Open is due to be pushed back too and it is believed The Open – set to be played in Kent in July – will also fall, leaving September’s Ryder Cup in the US in limbo too.

Euro 2020 has already been pushed back a year and the Tokyo Olympics have also been postponed.

It is almost certain that a second playing of The Match would be behind closed doors.

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