Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson: ‘Pillow combat’ struggles to match hype | Golf


The profitable head-to-head showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was struggling to stay as much as the hype as each gamers failed to search out their finest kind over the entrance 9 at Shadow Creek.

A lot had been manufactured from Friday’s matchplay contest between Woods and Mickelson, with a $9 million prize on supply to the winner and additional cash going to the gamers’ respective charities courtesy of a spread of aspect bets through the spherical.

Nevertheless, neither man was in a position to shine over the opening 9 holes, which ended with Mickelson 1 up, prompting some good-natured criticism from fellow professionals on social media.

Rickie Fowler urged mattress firm Tempur-Pedic might sponsor the competition, including: “Little bit of a pillow combat going proper now haha”.

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was extra concise, however nonetheless made his emotions clear as he tweeted a sleeping emoji.

Because the motion involving Woods and Mickelson failed to supply a lot in the way in which of leisure, former NBA star Charles Barkley — working as a tv pundit on the occasion — was handed a problem of his personal by Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.

After Barkley had derided the efficiency of each gamers, Verlander tweeted: “Barkley saying it isn’t good golf. I wanna see Tiger and Phil throw down a problem guess at him. 100ok for double bogey or higher on #1. C’mon Charles, I do know you bought your sticks with you.”

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