Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods in The Match to claim $9m prize

Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods in The Match to claim $9m prize

"I'm just trying to calm down right now, my heart can't take much more", Mickelson said afterward.

Mickelson took the lead when Woods bogeyed the 15th and the left-hander looked set to have a putt to win the match on the 17th when Woods missed the green with his tee shot. He always drops the big picture and it's the trump card.

Despite driving the ball "like a stallion, " Mickelson said - Woods covered his eyes and chuckled - he could not take advantage of Woods' shaky start, holding a 1-up lead at the turn that could have easily been three or four holes.

Mickelson was one-up with only two holes to play when Woods kept himself alive in the contest with a sensational birdie.

The two struggled with the greens all day. Going from a potential putt for $9 million, Mickelson instead pulled the putt left of the cup, squaring the match going to the 18th hole.

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Both players were miked up for the entire round, giving fans a rare insight into discussions between themselves and their caddies, but it was the unmistakable tones of Samuel L. Jackson introducing them that was the first sign of what was to come. But he missed a birdie putt on the first hole and will donate $200,000 to Woods' handpicked charity.

Woods split the 18th fairway, while Mickelson's drive wound up in the first cut of the rough.

They returned to the 18th hole.

Mickelson caught a break with his ball coming up just short of the water.

Mickelson missed from 20 feet for a winning birdie on the first playing of the makeshift hole and from five feet the second time, but made no mistake from three feet at the third time of asking to finally seal victory. It was one of numerous poorly-hit putts by Woods throughout the day.

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The match lasted five hours and finished in darkness as organizers had to use flood lights to illuminate the green on the final hole.

Woods' first tee shot bounced off a spectator, and he got up-and-down for par.

Back to the tee box, Woods again flew the green. "I'm usually pretty good at hitting the ball pin high, and that was a good example of what not to do".

While the pay-per-view event was priced at $19.99, promoters chose to offer it free online at some point during play because of what they described as technical issues that impacted user access.

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