Mickelson de­feats Woods on 4th play­off hole

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Sports - BY JOE REEDY

Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth play­off hole to beat Tiger Woods in their $9 mil­lion made-for-TV match Fri­day in Las Ve­gas.

Mickelson made a 4foot birdie putt on a spe­cially set up 93-yard par 3. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club fin­ished in the dark with lights set up around the hole.

Mickelson said to Woods af­ter the match: “Just know I will never let you live that down. It’s not the Masters or the U.S. Open, but it is nice to have a lit­tle some­thing on you.”

Mickelson was 1 up af­ter 16 holes, but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th. Both birdied the par-5 18th and then parred the first play­off hole be­fore it went to the par-3 ex­tra hole – which was pitch shots off the prac­tice putting green – that they kept play­ing un­til there was a win­ner.

“You couldn’t have made this event any bet­ter than it was,” Woods said. “It was back and forth and very com­pet­i­tive on a golf course that was play­ing on the tricky side.”

Only 700 in­vited guests were al­lowed to watch the event billed as golf’s first pay-per-view broad­cast. It was marred by tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties with view­ers un­able to view it on their tele­vi­sions af­ter pay­ing $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Re­port rep­re­sen­ta­tives sent out links on so­cial me­dia al­low­ing peo­ple to view it for free on their com­put­ers and mo­bile de­vices.

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