The match of the year

The Signal - - Golf - By Hans Ker­st­ing Pro­fes­sional Golfer

Did you hap­pen to watch the pay-per-view match be­tween Tiger Woods and Phil Mick­el­son?

As you are prob­a­bly aware, the match was a “win­ner take all” for $9 mil­lion!

Un­for­tu­nately, I was un­able to watch the match, but I did en­joy track­ing the re­sults on my phone.

On the days lead­ing up to the match, I found my­self pulling more for Woods. He was the bet­ting fa­vorite in Ve­gas, but I felt that the en­ergy sur­round­ing the match played di­rectly into Mick­el­son’s hands. Mick­el­son is a show­man.

He loves the spot­light, and his game is per­fectly suited for this type of event. All you had to do was watch the press con­fer­ences lead­ing up to the match to see that he was at­tract­ing most of the at­ten­tion.

My fa­vorite mo­ment was watch­ing him “guar­an­tee” a birdie on the first hole for $100,000.

Woods quickly dou­bled that bet, and I im­me­di­ately be­came more in­ter­ested.

The press con­fer­ence be­came must see TV as Woods be­gan to re­mind Mick­el­son of his ten­den­cies to hit way­ward shots in the more in­op­por­tune mo­ments.

Sud­denly, all I cared about was whether or not Mick­el­son was go­ing to come through with his guar­an­teed birdie on the first hole of the match.

He had a make­able putt, but was un­able to cap­i­tal­ize. From that point on, Mick­el­son seemed to have a slight lead for most of the match. Woods took a brief one-hole lead, but that didn’t last long.

When all was said and done, Mick­el­son de­feated Woods on the 22nd hole of the match. You could not have scripted a bet­ter fin­ish than to have Mick­el­son roll in a short birdie putt to de­feat the guy who has dom­i­nated him through­out their pro­fes­sional ca­reers.

For what it’s worth, hav­ing Mick­el­son win this match was great for golf.

In fact, I be­lieve it will help keep the Tiger-Phil ri­valry go­ing for many more years.

Woods’ ca­reer stats will al­ways out­shine those of Mick­el­son’s, but he can for­ever claim to have won “The Match.”

Whether you were pulling for ei­ther one of these guys, you have to ap­pre­ci­ate what they have both meant to the game of golf.

They are the modern day Jack and Arnie. In foot­ball terms, they are Brady and Man­ning.

Woods has al­ways been the nonon­sense com­peti­tor who re­fused to let any­body slow him down. Mick­el­son, on the other hand, has al­ways been the crowd fa­vorite that every­body had an eas­ier time re­lat­ing with.

Bravo to these guys for an en­ter­tain­ing event. Per­haps we will see a re­match down the road?

Metro Cre­ative

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