Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Odds, Prop Bets and Purse

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2018

Phil Mickelson, left, listens to Tiger Woods speak during a news conference where they were announced as captain's picks for the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in West Conshohocken, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Tiger Woods is the favourite with oddsmakers to defeat Phil Mickelson in Capital One's The Match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas on Friday and claim the purse worth $9 million.

Both players also have their own wagers on how the event will play out. Woods doubled Mickelson's bet of $100,000 he would birdie the opening hole, a par-four traversing 415 yards, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.


Odds and Prop Bets (Per OddsShark)

Woods: 53-100

Mickelson: 33-20


Alternative Spread

Woods at -1.5 strokes: 87-100

Mickelson at +1.5: 87-100

Woods at +1.5: 33-100

Mickelson at -1.5: 12-5


Color of Mickelson's Shirt

White: 3-2

Black: 5-2

Blue: 4-1

Any Other: 4-1


Color of Woods' Shirt

Any Other: 3-2

Red: 3-1

White: 3-1

Black: 9-2


OddsShark's Stephen Campbell backs Woods to cover the spread at -1.5 strokes. He believes the 42-year-old has the edge when it comes to form, citing his marginally better performance at this year's Ryder Cup, as well as a Tour Championship victory.

Woods is in better form entering the match.
Woods is in better form entering the match.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Woods also has history on his side, specifically an 80-43 won-loss advantage in previous head-to-head meetings between the pair. ESPN.com's Nick Pietruszkiewicz also broke down the numbers each player has posted during this calendar year.

Significantly, Woods has managed greater distance and better accuracy with the driver. Both things should come in handy on a course where "the regular tees are a still-challenging 6,600 yards," per Matt Newman of the PGA official website.

Mickelson, 48, will hope Woods' power with the driver deserts him because the former has the greater range of recovery shots to lean on.

Mickelson will likely need his full range of shots to counter Woods' advantage with the driver.
Mickelson will likely need his full range of shots to counter Woods' advantage with the driver.Eric Risberg/Associated Press

The occasion isn't likely to leave 14-time major winner Woods overawed, but Mickelson has five majors to his credit and is a veteran of the big occasions.

Even so, it's safe to trust the oddsmakers on this one and back Woods to win.