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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Negotiating $10 Million Match

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are reportedly negotiating a winner-take-all match for $10 million, according to a report from Golf.com.

“I’m definitely not against that,” Woods said back in May (h/t ESPN). “We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable.”

The original date for the match was to be for July 3rd and was to take place in Las Vegas.

“We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson said. “I thought it was done for the third, but obviously it wasn’t.”

“It’s a ridiculous amount of money,” Mickelson said. “No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone.”

Woods and Mickelson have had a storied rivalry throughout their respective careers.

“Phil and I have a great banter,” Woods said at the Players Championship in May. “We give each other the needle, we always have. But I think our relationship has certainly gotten a lot closer with me being a vice captain the last couple teams and sitting there and having very lengthy conversations with him about things, not just the pairings but just things in general.

“When I was trying to deal with the nerve [pain] in my back and trying to come back and play and I wasn’t very good, he always texted me some very encouraging words. And then on top of that, when you guys all saw how I was chipping so poorly, my nerve and my back was not going very good, and I was flinching a lot, and he offered numerous times to help me out with technique and just talk about philosophy.”

Mickelson said that he is hopeful that this will lead to more exhibitions between the two players.

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Francesco Molinari Wins The Open

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Francesco Molinari has won The Open for his 1st career major championship and becomes the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship.

Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69, and finished with an overall score of 8-under par, two shots ahead of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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Tiger Woods Likely To Make Cut

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Tiger Woods is likely to make the cut after a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years.

Woods is currently outside of the top 25 and was six strokes back of the clubhouse lead when he finished.

“Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind ,and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course,” Woods said (h/t ESPN). “But we certainly had a chance to get the ball down a little bit further and control it on the ground a little bit better.

“The ball wasn’t rolling 80, 90 yards like it was yesterday. It was a little bit easier in that regard.”

Woods played in the toughest conditions yet, but says that the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens.

“I played a little bit yesterday,” Woods said. “Today wasn’t quite as good, but I finally birdied a par-5 (a two-putt at the par-5 16th), so that’s a positive.”

Despite his likelihood to make the cut, Woods knows he needs to clean up his game if he wants to make progress on the leaderboard.

“I could have cleaned up the round a little bit,” he said. “And I did not get off to exactly the best start, being 2 over through three.”

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Jordan Spieth Blames ‘Brain Fart’ For Falling Back

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Jordan Spieth is blaming a “brain fart” for his nightmare first round finish at The Open, also citing reverting back to the type of golf he is working to move away from.

Spieth, who carded a 72, is confident that be improving his execution, he can successfully defend his title.

“I felt like I was really going well,” Spieth said (h/t ESPN). “I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker at 6. Other than that, it was very stress-free. I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than four feet for par on every hole. It was just a clean round of golf. I’ve done a bit of that this year, just the decision making that’s cost me.

“But the misses toward the end were the exact misses that I’ve been having and I’m working away from. My swing just didn’t quite hold up to the end of my round. Those long irons really hurt me today.”

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