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A Competitive Ten Million Dollar Turkey Day

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Update 10/25: Per GolfWeek  the match is at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 23rd and will be available on pay-per-view for US$19.99. Distribution will be through a variety of channels including AT&T’s DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Verizon and Altice in the U.S. and Rogers, Shaw and Bell in Canada through In Demand and Vubiquity. Check your local listings. Are you going to watch? 

It was announced today that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a competitive head to head golf match on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23 or 24) for a reported US$10 million. Both golfers have earned over US$40 million in 2018 (per Forbes) so it’s a substantial raise in this years earnings for either of them.

The location is reported to be Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, NV. The format hasn’t been announced nor has either played signed a contract. The event is scheduled for after the Ryder Cup event in late September. And for any of you who have been in Las Vegas in the summertime (105F average), you know the weather will be a lot more pleasant in November.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for this style of format? Will you be watching? It takes me back to the days  of the old ‘Skins Game’. The Skins Game was a made for TV event with 4 golfers competing in a match play format playing for US$1M total. Not bad money for the 1980’s and 1990’s.

And for those of you from outside the USA, ‘Turkey Day’ is slang for the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. Why? Because the typical main course is a roasted turkey with all the trimmings.