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Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Odds: Updated Lines for Historic Match

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20:  (L-R) 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)
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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are expected to take their rivalry to another level on Friday, when the legends cross swords in Capital One's The Match at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

The encounter will see the pair battle in one-on-one competition, with the winner taking home $9 million (£7 million) in prize money.

Woods and Mickelson have won 19 majors combined in their careers, and the special event will take place during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The contest is set to tee off at 3 p.m. (ET)/10 a.m. (GMT) and will be broadcast on pay-per-view in the United States, streaming live on B/R Live.

According to OddsShark, Woods is the 53-100 favourite to win, with Mickelson at 33-20.

                                

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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20:  (L-R) Phil Mickelson, president of Turner David Levy and Tiger Woods pose 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
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There's certainly a thirst from modern sports fans to see dream clashes between the icons of different disciplines.

Boxing and MMA have travelled down this route over the years, with former greats and legends going head-to-head, but golf fans only get the chance to see such one-on-one battles during events such as the Ryder Cup.

Las Vegas will host an exhibition match for the ages, with a resurgent Woods squaring up to fellow American Mickelson.

The encounter is a winner-takes-all situation, with the purse dwarfing the cheques earned by major winners across the globe.

Woods and Mickelson exchanged tweets after the match was announced:

Phil Mickelson @PhilMickelson

@TigerWoods I bet you think this is the easiest $9M you will ever make😂

Woods has experienced a phenomenal comeback after beating the injury concerns that have dogged his career in recent years.

The 42-year-old is back to playing his best golf and again competing at the top of the leaderboard.

Mickelson, 48, featured with Woods for the United States at the Ryder Cup, but neither man could produce their best as Europe swept to victory in Paris.

The competition was a step too far for Woods, with fatigue playing a huge part in his disappointing performance at Le Golf National.

With the bad experience behind them, the two greats of the game will fight it out in Nevada. Most punters believe Tiger will prevail.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20:  Tiger Woods speaks with the media alongside Phil Mickelson (not seen) 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
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There's a number of side bets that will be played out on the day, with fans even able to place money on the colour of each player's shirt.

According to OddsSharkMickelson is 3-2 to wear white, 5-2 to wear black and 4-1 to wear blue or any other colour.

Woods is 3-1 to wear red or white, 9-2 to wear black and 3-2 to wear any other colour.

The event could be a trailblazing day for golf, with the sport finding new ways to attract fresh followers.

Golf has always been a sport of grand tradition after its invention in Europe hundreds of years ago, but a modern take could see a new audience lured to courses across the world.