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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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Tiger Woods Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery on Knee

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Tiger Woods officially announced that he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last week and he expected to return to the field of play during a PGA Tour event taking place in Japan in late October.

Woods, 43, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Woods is currently scheduled to play an exhibition match against Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama on October 21st and appears to be on track to do so.

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European Tour Suspends Thorbjorn Olesen

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The European Tour has officially suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his recent arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft a and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29th upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, and he is set to appear in court on August 21st to face charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.

The European Tour issued a statement saying that Olesen has been suspended pending the outcome of his case, adding that they would not make any further comments on the matter while the legal process moves forward.

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USGA Announced Amateur Champs Can Turn Pro, Play in US Open

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The USGA announced on Monday their decision that, starting with this year’s tournaments, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions will be able to utilize their exemptions in the following year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open even if they decide to turn pro, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

Prior to the new rule, the amateur champions received exemptions in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open only if they maintained their amateur status.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA managing director, Champions. “Given the significant purses awarded at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, we realize how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

“Given the opportunities afforded the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions, we want to make sure they are able to take advantage of as many as possible,” Bodenhamer said. “We feel strongly that our reigning champions have earned their places in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, regardless of their amateur status.”

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