WOODS V MICK­EL­SON

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US Pay-per-view price set for Tiger Woods and Phil Mick­el­son show­down

The pay-per-view price for the much an­tic­i­pated, head-to-head clash be­tween Tiger Woods and Phil Mick­el­son in Las Ve­gas next month has been set at US$19.99.

"The Match" from which the win­ner will emerge $9 mil­lion richer, will be avail­able ex­clu­sively through CNN par­ent com­pany Turner and its B/R Live stream­ing plat­form, AT&T's DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse.

In 2017, the fight be­tween Floyd May­weather Jr. and Conor McGre­goar on pay-per-view cost $89.95 for stan­dard def­i­ni­tion, with high def­i­ni­tion run­ning about $10 more. That shows the per­ceived dif­fer­ence be­tween the at­trac­tion of watch­ing boxing to golf.

Hosted by MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional at Shadow Creek in Las Ve­gas, the pair -- who have be­tween them a com­bined 122 PGA tour wins and 19 ma­jors -- will face off on Novem­ber 23 over the US Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

The pay-per-view event will also be distributed to sev­eral other ca­ble and satel­lite op­er­a­tors, in­clud­ing Com­cast and Ver­i­zon. There is no an­nounce­ment or state­ment from SKY TV as of the mo­ment as to whether the event will show in New Zealand.

"The Bleacher Re­port and its wildly-pop­u­lar House of High­lights, which re­cently sur­passed 10 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, will of­fer com­pre­hen­sive high­lights and be­hind-the-scenes con­tent," Turner said in a state­ment.

"HBO Sports and its 18-time Sports Emmy Award-win­ning 24/7 re­al­ity fran­chise will cap­ture all the ex­cite­ment lead­ing up to the match and Turner's TNT will also tele­vise pro­gram­ming with se­lect con­tent from the event in the weeks fol­low­ing the live com­pe­ti­tion."

Dur­ing the match, Woods and Mick­el­son will also be able to ac­ti­vate side chal­lenges -- such as the long­est-drive or clos­es­tto-the-pin -- for char­ity.

Woods leads the PGA Tour's all-time money list with $115,504,853 in ca­reer earn­ings, with Mick­el­son in sec­ond place on $88,254,084.

Four­teen-time ma­jor win­ner Woods re­cently com­pleted his come­back from a de­bil­i­tat­ing back in­jury and sev­eral surg­eries to clinch the sea­son-end­ing Tour Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber, end­ing a five-year ti­tle drought.

On the other side of the coin Mick­el­son, how­ever, has been strug­gling for form and fin­ished the 2018 sea­son ranked 190th out of 193 play­ers on the PGA Tour for driv­ing ac­cu­racy.

As the world watched both en­dured a tor­rid time play­ing in the Ry­der Cup, as Team USA was on the wrong end of a 17½-10½ ham­mer­ing at the hands of Team Europe at Le Golf Na­tional in Paris, France.

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