How To Watch & Stream Tiger Vs. Phil: The Match

Kim MacCormack

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:43 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 2:43 PM UTC

The longtime golfing rivals will putt for your pleasure on pay-per-view with a $9 million payout.  Check out the odds, prop bets and where to order your PPV. Bet confident with SBRpicks.com.

'The Match' — Tiger Vs. Phil3 p.m. ET FridayPPV Outlets: B/R Live, AT&T’s DIRECTV and U-VersePlus PPV on multiple cable outletsHow Much: $19.99; $29.99 4K HDR feed on DIRECTV

Football. Shopping. Leftovers. This is what the Friday after Thanksgiving has long been about. Now you can add golf.

Two of the world’s greatest golfers and fiercest rivals, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will hit the links of Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. ET for golf's first one-on-one, $9 million winner-take-all, pay-per-view showdown dubbed “The Match.”

It’s not quite boxing, wrestling or the MMA, but let’s get ready to ….. PUUUUUUUUUUUUUTT!

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How To Watch

Don’t turn to your fave cable or network channel expecting to see and hear Jim Nantz or Johnny Miller taking you through each shot -- this is golf's first pay-per-view live stream.

Golf’s first live pay-per-view event will stream for $19.99 on B/R Live, or through AT&T’s DIRECTV and U-Verse services. For $29.99, you can watch a 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) feed on DIRECTV Channel 106.

The PPV event also will be available on other cable outlets, including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon and Altice in the U.S. and Rogers, Shaw and Bell in Canada through In Demand and Vubiquity.

The Match broadcast team has Ernie Johnson of TNT’s basketball coverage doing shot-by-shot commentary with golf analysts Peter Jacobsen and Darren Clarke.

We’ll be onboard for the pre-show at 2 p.m. which includes Tiger’s ex-bestie Charles Barkley and actor Samuel L. Jackson swapping stories. Barkley’s fallout with Woods occurred after his infamous car crash and subsequent divorce. Jackson, also a golfer, says he’s beaten Woods on the links – once. The pre-match program will be distributed free on Bleacher Report’s social media platforms.

Plus, both Woods and Mickelson will be mic’d so expect a lot of trash talk, bet negotiatons, swearing and discussion of what they’ll be having for dinner.

Stage Is Set

This long walk for the big prize takes place at MGM Resorts International exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Club, a lush oasis north of the Las Vegas strip. For years this course, originally the vision of hotelier Steve Wynn, was “the get” for golfers – literally an invitation-only experience.

Now owned by MGM Resorts, you can get a tee time by checking into one of their resorts – but only Monday through Thursday with green fees starting at $500. On weekends, the course is only for MGM-invited guests. Translation: We’re not on the list.

If we were, we’d be knocking our Big Bertha drives down a par-72, 7,560 course bursting with flora and fauna. You’ll only see the desert during the limo drive in. Those who’ve had the privilege call the course superb, with several holes offering challenges for Woods and Mickelson. Golf.com calls the 564-yard, par-5 18th the “ultimate gambler’s hole” with an elevated tee, three lakes and waterfalls in contention.

There won’t be throngs of spectators on the course cheering or jeering. The Match only is open to sponsors and VIP guests. Again, not us.

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The Odds On Who Will Win

Woods is the favorite with odds roughly about -170 to Mickelson’s at +160 depending on which sportsbook you land on. Those odds are fed by both golfers struggling at U.S.’s losing effort at the Ryder Cup, Tiger winning the Tour Championship and coming in second at the PGA Championship.

It’s About Betting

Why is this match happening? The easy answer is $9 million prize, but then, these guys don’t really need the money. Between the two of them they’ve won more than $200 million not counting endorsements.

So, what it’s really all about is the wagering. It’s no secret that Mickelson and Woods are gambling men, reformed or not. This could possibly be the future of golf, with live data informing live bets during tournaments.

At this match, there will be side bets the two golfers will work out as they play. Mickelson already has talked about dropping $50,000 on a single putt. Must be nice.

For the rest of us, there are prop bets at several of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks, including BetOnline, Bovada and Sports Interaction, including longest tee shot, the early leader, who will hit the first water hazard, which golfer will or won’t hit the fairway on the first hole and what color shirt each will be wearing (duh!).

BetDSI has those same bets plus a few more, such as total curse words uttered by both players, the number of times Tiger will twirl his club and if President Trump will be in attendance. (FYI, as far as we know, the president will be golfing at Mara-Lago on Friday).

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