Talk­ing Point

Opin­ion was un­sur­pris­ingly split on ‘The Match’ be­tween Phil Mick­el­son and Tiger Woods in Las Ve­gas

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The GM view: Most would agree it wasn’t the most exciting spec­ta­cle, and many un­der­stand­ably had an is­sue with the huge prize pool, but some el­e­ments did work well and the view­ing num­bers ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if ‘The Match’ fran­chise con­tin­ues go­ing for­ward, as many ex­pect it to.

Nate Ross: It was bor­ing and failed to jus­tify the hype. I re­ally wanted to love it, the golf just sucked.

@Kingfri­days: I watched it and hon­estly thought it was ter­ri­ble. The old Shell matches were much more en­joy­able. All the ban­ter­ing they talked about in the lead-up didn’t oc­cur for the most part and to end it with a pitch and putt was dis­ap­point­ing.

David Stan­ford: I was ac­tu­ally pleas­antly sur­prised. Yes, the qual­ity of golf wasn’t as good as it could have been and it would have ben­e­fited from big­ger crowds, but I found it exciting and I thought it was gen­uinely fas­ci­nat­ing hear­ing how the play­ers in­ter­acted with each other and their cad­dies.

@mick­el­sonuk: I ex­pected it to be bor­ing, but I couldn’t stop watch­ing it. Yes, the money was ob­scene, but isn’t most sports prize money at the top level? At the end of the day it’s their job, and I don’t see any­one crit­i­cis­ing other sports­men like Floyd May­weather or Conor Mc­gre­gor.

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