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STAR PREVIEW: ‘The Match’ – Mickelson v Woods

Las Vegas. Home of the Strip, the other Eiffel Tower. Famed for many great sporting events, including Thomas Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring. Evel Knievel over (although not in one piece) the Grand Caesar. The madness every March that isn’t on Cleeve Hill. The routing of the Rebels in 1990. And now the 13th and 27th best golfer in the world.

Yes, this is the match that we’ve all finished waiting for. A match that, 10 or 15 years ago (and perhaps even more), would most likely have gripped the attention of fans the world over. In the 2001 Masters, the pair were neck and neck heading into the final round and through the front nine, at the beginning of a decade which they would dominate between themselves. In 2004 they won three of the year’s four majors between them.

Now Woods is on the way back but Mickelson is not the player of old, and it is a matchup between two players who lost all four matches at the last Ryder Cup. Oh, and it’s pay-per-view too, but there are no details on how to watch it in the UK. The joys.

The shootout takes place over the 18 holes of Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. The Tom Fazio designed course stretches out over 7,260 yards and is a par-72. There is no course form to go on as the course isn’t on the circuit, but both have played Fazio courses beforehand plenty in the past and Tiger Woods is said to have practised at Shadow Creek.

Quail Hollow is said to be the best like for like guide and that favours Mickelson, who shot a 63 the first time he played the course and then has finished 4-4-5 in three appearances there. Tiger Woods has a better record at the other Fazio course of note, Conway Farms, although he has played there more than Phil.

The Match: Tiger vs Phil
Shadow Creek Golf Course – Las Vegas, NV

The recent advantage lies with Tiger, but the two have never faced each other in a matchplay tournament and this format might suit Phil more, who set up the idea and who won’t lose his entire round thanks to bad driving. The 7/4 that he wins with is about the only recommendable bet here – if you can be bothered, that is.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK MICKELSON 5 points at 7/4 with

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