Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are accustomed to playing before a loud and huge gallery at each stop on the PGA Tour. But when they meet in “The Match,” their $9 million winner-take-all, pay-per-view event in Las Vegas on Nov. 23, things reportedly will be markedly different.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing multiple sources, reported Thursday that there won’t be any tickets sold to the event. Instead, only a small group of sponsors and VIPs will be allowed on the course when the two veterans meet at Shadow Creek, which is owned by MGM Resorts International.
Others present will be broadcasters and camera crews. The event is believed to be the first pay-per-view golf event; WarnerMedia holds the broadcast rights.
The newspaper also reported that Woods and Mickelson will face off during daylight hours and not under the lights, as Mickelson had implied in comments to ESPN.com in August.
“It’s an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don’t have much going on in the world of golf,” Mickelson said at the time.
Organizers have not announced either the time of the event or the cost to watch on TV. WarnerMedia previously said fans could watch on a number of on-demand platforms. HBO Sports will report on the golfers in advance of the match, and Bleacher Report’s “House of Highlights” also will provide behind-the-scenes content.
Since the match was confirmed in August, Woods has been the better of the players.
Woods, 42, ended the season with a win in the Tour Championship and had seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year. He is ranked 13th in the world.
Mickelson, 48, won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in March for his only win in 2018. He had six top-10 finishes in 2018 and is ranked No. 25.
Both competed for the United States in the Ryder Cup last month and combined to finish 0-6.
The first official hype video was released last week.
“I will win,” Woods said in the video. “This is something that people will remember. We are going to beat each other’s brains in.”
“Tiger and I both desperately want to win,” Mickelson said.