North Jersey.com http://northjersey.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Tiger Woods no stranger to money games ahead of The Match with Phil Mickelson http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/21/tiger-woods-no-stranger-to-money-games-ahead-of-the-match-with-phil-mickelson/ http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/21/tiger-woods-no-stranger-to-money-games-ahead-of-the-match-with-phil-mickelson/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:38:55 +0000 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/21/tiger-woods-no-stranger-to-money-games-ahead-of-the-match-with-phil-mickelson/ Phil Mickelson is now for his gambling enthusiasm, but Tiger Woods isn't exactly out of his element at The Match in Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had just wrapped up a lengthy promo shoot ahead of The Match.

They were invested in a short putting contest on the practice green behind the clubhouse at Shadow Creek Golf Course and giving each other the business like they had been for several hours straight. There were wagers involved and it was perhaps the most on-brand afternoon of Phil Mickelson’s life.

This is Mickelson’s arena, the narrative goes. He’s the one comfortable throwing big cash around and talking an impossibly big game. The Mickelson gambling stories are endless and fitting for Friday’s $9 million match in Las Vegas.

What about Woods? Is he really that much out of his element?

Once all bets had been settled on the green, Woods and Mickelson chatted with a few reporters as they walked back through the clubhouse and into the locker room. An hour earlier they were just down the hall next to the grill room, staring each other down for something like a prize fight photo op.

What did they see?

“He saw a birdie on the first is what he saw,” said Mickelson, who has a $200,000 side bet with Woods on whether or not he makes birdie at No. 1 Friday.

“I saw someone sticking it in the water over there,” said Woods, pointing to a hazard.

A few minutes later, Woods was asked if he’s more comfortable with this scene than people realize.

“When it comes to competing and talking a little bit, yeah. I do this quite a bit, it’s just that at tournaments you may not see it,” Woods said. “I’ve enjoyed playing practice rounds and do it a lot at home. A lot of guys on Tour either when I lived in Orlando or now in Jupiter, we go out and play and there’s always some denominations involved, always needling involved. … There’s non-stop banter and always trying to one-up another and chide one another. And I’ve always enjoyed it.”

Mickelson, who spent a good part of the afternoon talking about Woods’ unique brand of trash talk, piped up.

“It’s an important part of competition,” Mickelson said. “You have to learn how to compete and play your best under pressure and that’s the best way to do it, to have money matches against other good players.”

Mickelson said Woods has to take a different approach to trash talk since the cameras are always on, so he’ll talk under his breath and say things only his opponents can hear.

Woods took a much-needed break from competition after the Ryder Cup and focused on getting back in the gym, working out often. Now he’s back in playing mode and said he’d actually considered playing here a few weeks back for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.

“I was close this year to teeing it up and playing (the event) again,” Woods said. “The more I thought about it, I just needed a little bit of a break.”

We’ll see where the game is at come Friday. Maybe we’ll see a different side of him too, one usually reserved for those within immediate earshot.

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LAS VEGAS – The Match with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson has promised spectacle if nothing else, and we got it from the jump Tuesday afternoon.

There was a lighthearted tone with casual vibes for the press conference ahead of their $9 million game Friday at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas. We’ve already strayed far from the traditional golfing realm and the lead-in media event just confirmed these are uncharted waters.

Mickelson was in full sales mode and promised “major championship intensity” once tees are in the ground at 1 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. By design, there was none of that Tuesday. Instead we got plenty of loose trash talk that was hokey but didn’t seemed forced.

Woods got a shot in about Mickelson’s lack of U.S. Open wins. Mickelson said he was willing to bet $100,000 that he birdies the first hole Friday and Woods told him to double it. The moment resulted in the first of many side bets that will come out of the players’ wallets – $200,000 on an opening birdie for Phil. While probably planned in advance, it’s still startling to hear those numbers risked on a single golf hole.

It’s also startling to see the apparent ease in Woods and Mickelson’s give-and-take these days. Granted they’ve had some practice in front of the cameras with HBO’s “24/7” documentary series, but it comes across as genuine up close. Woods offered some serious praise and Mickelson called Woods the greatest golfer of all time, also referring to his 2000 U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach the greatest accomplishment in golf history. Maybe in all of sports.

Mickelson also talked about the fact that this is an unprecedented event and nobody really knows how high the interest level is or what kind of viewership numbers it will bring.

Tuesday was about selling the idea that nothing like this has ever happened before, a free-wheeling show to entice viewers. It hit the mark in that sense and definitely didn’t do anything to dampen expectations.

The bigger picture here – and the potential for a slate of future matches with different characters  – is about what happens Friday. The gambling aspect is huge and makes sense now that the national narrative has softened on sports betting. It will introduce a new audience to the concept of live betting, with fans able to wager on a shot-by-shot basis using real-time odds.

Both players and caddies will be mic’d up and that idea caters to everyone. The hardcore fans should enjoy pre-shot discussion and minutiae while the casual viewer gets let in on how these guys talk during, say, a Tuesday practice round with big money on the line. The trash talk needs to come across as genuine in order to work. It needs to feel like we’re actually being let into their world rather than watching an ad-libbed performance.

If it doesn’t hit for whatever reason, Mickelson acknowledged this could be a one-and-done deal. If it’s a success, there’s going to be a race to capitalize as quickly as possible. Woods and Mickelson have expressed a clear understanding of that and know the risk involved should this thing bomb.

Tuesday was a good start in that regard. Press conferences at major tournaments can take on a recycled feel, but this was something new. A gambling-infused brand of sports entertainment that doesn’t really exist as of now.

The game plan seems solid on paper. Whether or not it continues to evolve and take hold as a proven revenue generator with mass appeal depends on the execution come Friday.

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One of golf’s most protracted recent disputes has come to a close.

The PGA Tour and Vijay Singh released a joint statement Tuesday informing that the parties had come to a resolution on their dispute.

If you recall … for a 2013 Sports Illustrated story about a company that sold performance-enhancing alternatives to steroids, Singh told the writers that he had used deer-antler spray.

He didn’t think anything of the comment, that is until the PGA Tour suspended him because the spray contained a substance (IGF-1) that was banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy.

But Singh appealed his suspension. During the appeal, the Tour consulted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA clarified that it no longer considered the use of the spray as a violation unless there was a failed drug test.

With no failed drug test, Singh’s suspension was rescinded.

But the Fijian then sued the PGA Tour on the matter later in 2013, claiming the Tour “not only treated me unfairly, but displayed a lack of professionalism that should concern every professional golfer and fan of the game.”

It is that lawsuit that was announced as resolved Tuesday.

Here is the full joint statement, per Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard:

It took half-a-decade, but this one is now put to bed. Is the final resolution fair?

Without the full details, who really knows. But it’s finally over.

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The 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf begins in Australia on Thursday the venerable The Metropolitan Golf Club.

Play gets underway Wednesday night in the United States, with Melbourne being 16 hours ahead of New York.

The Denmark team of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen will be defending their championship. The 72-hole format includes two rounds of four-ball (Rounds 1 & 3) and two rounds of foursome play (Rounds 2 & 4).

Kyle Stanley and Matt Kuchar will be representing the United States among the 28 teams participating.

Here are the tee times, pairings and TV info:

Round 1

WEDNESDAY FOUR-BALL – ALL TIMES EASTERN

Group 1: Gavin Kyle Green / Ben Leong (Malaysia) vs. Scott Vincent / Benjamin Follett-Smith (Zimbabwe) 4:20 p.m.
Group 2: Joost Luiten / Daan Huizing (Netherlands) vs. Andrea Pavan / Renato Paratore (Italy) 4:35 p.m.
Group 3: Mikko Korhonen / Mikko Ilonen (Finland) vs. Alexander Bjork / Joakim Lagergren (Sweden) 4:50 p.m.
Group 4: Shane Lowry / Paul Dunne (Ireland) vs. Alexander Levy / Mike Lorenzo -Vera (France) 5:05 p.m.
Group 5: Adrian Otaegui / Jorge Campillo (Spain) vs. Stuart Manley / Bradley Dredge (Wales) 5:20 p.m.
Group 6: Adam Hadwin / Nick Taylor (Canada) vs.Ryan Fox / Mark Brown (New Zealand) 5:35 p.m.
Group 7: Ryan Fox / Mark Brown (New Zealand) vs. Dylan Frittelli / Erik van Rooyen (South Africa) 5:50 p.m.
Group 8: Russell Knox / Martin Laird (Scotland) vs. Abraham Ancer / Roberto Diaz (Mexico) 6:05 p.m.
Group 9: Martin Kaymer / Max Kieffer (Germany) vs. Thomas Pieters/Thomas Detry (Belgium) 6:20 p.m.
Group 10: Peter Karmis/Alexander Tranacher (Greece) vs. Kiradech Aphibarnrat / Prom Meesawat (Thailand) 6:35 p.m.
Group 11: Satoshi Kodaira / Hideto Tanihara (Japan) vs. Anirban Lahiri / Gaganjeet Bhullar (India) 6:50 p.m.
Group 12: Byeong Hun An / Si Woo Kim (Korea) vs. Haotong Li / Ashun Wu (China) 7:05 p.m.
Group 13: Tyrrell Hatton / Ian Poulter (England) vs. Thorbjorn Olesen / Soren Kjeldsen (Denmark) 7:20 p.m.
Group 14: Marc Leishman / Cameron Smith (Australia) vs. Kyle Stanley / Matt Kuchar (United States) 7:35 p.m.

Note: The draw for Rounds 2, 3 and 4 will be in score order.

TV info

Wednesday: Golf Channel (8 p.m.)
Thursday: Golf Channel (8 p.m.)
Friday: Golf Channel (8 p.m.)
Saturday: Golf Channel (8 p.m.)

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Phil Mickelson ‘baits’ Tiger Woods into $200K side bet for The Match http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/phil-mickelson-baits-tiger-woods-into-200k-side-bet-for-the-match/ http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/phil-mickelson-baits-tiger-woods-into-200k-side-bet-for-the-match/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:41:03 +0000 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/phil-mickelson-baits-tiger-woods-into-200k-side-bet-for-the-match/ Phil Mickelson 'baits' Tiger Woods into $200K side bet for The Match.

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There’s $9 million at stake in “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Well, actually there will be more.

As has been teased by Phil Mickelson himself, side bets will take place during Friday’s action at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. (The proceeds from that side action will go to charity.)

In fact, those side bets have already started.

The pair participated in a press conference Tuesday ahead of the event. One of the questions was about whether the players have already considered strategy on side bets ahead of time.

Mickelson went in on his answer, propositioning a huge side bet in the process:

“So I’ve thought a lot about this and there are spots out on the course that are some great spots for a little challenge and the challenges are coming directly out of our pockets, OK?” Mickelson said. “And I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me. And I believe – in fact I’m willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that’s how good I feel heading into this match.”

Lefty coming out strong!!!

(For the record, the first hole at Shadow Creek is a 415-yard par 4.)

He wasn’t done either. Mickelson then chirped to Woods about the proposed $100,000 bet: “You don’t have to take it. You don’t have to take it at all. But I’m going to throw that out there.”

How did Woods respond? This is a 14-time major champion, folks. There was a 0.0 percent chance he would back down.

From here, the exchange unfolded:

“Hold on, hold on, hold on,” Woods said to Mickelson. “So you think you can make birdie on the first hole?”

“I know I’m going to make birdie on the first hole,” Mickelson responded.

“Double it (the bet),” Woods retorted.

And we’re off! But Mickelson, ever the showman, punctuated this back-and-forth with a flourish.

After Woods’ “double it” comment…

“Did you see how I baited him like that?” Mickelson said with a smile. “YES! ($200,000) says I birdie the first hole.”

Woods pointed out there’s water on the left side of this hole and left tends to be Mickelson’s miss. Mickelson then clarified that what Woods was missing was that he would hit a 2-iron off the tee, leaving him a short-iron from the fairway. Lefty further noted he’s a fantastic short-iron player.

Hence, he feels he “baited” Woods into accepting a favorable bet toward Mickelson.

“Part of it is strategic,” Mickelson said on side bets, “because you’ve got to get them to accept it. So you see how I subtly slipped that in? Yeah I didn’t know how I was going to do that, but I think I found the way.”

An unfazed Woods later reaffirmed the $200,000 side bet simply by saying, “Done.”

We’re three days away and already off to a great start.

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“The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is almost here – just three days away.

With this one-on-one showdown afoot, it has us wondering … how exactly have Woods and Mickelson fared against each other in common events?

The assumed answer would be Woods holds a sizable edge considering he has 80 PGA Tour wins to Mickelson’s 43. That is correct, but just how big is the advantage? And how did the two fare against each other in 2018?

Here are the quick numbers:

  • Woods leads Mickelson 152-91-7 in 250 career common events played.
  • Woods leads Mickelson 463-302-90 in 855 career common rounds played.
  • Woods and Mickelson tied 7-7 in 14 common events played in 2018.

There you have it. Woods has performed better than Mickelson more often than not in common events, but Lefty has held his own plenty of times. And this year has been a virtual wash.

That means there’s still plenty of intrigue entering “The Match.”

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Laura Davies to be Solheim Cup vice captain in 2019 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/laura-davies-to-be-solheim-cup-vice-captain-in-2019/ http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/laura-davies-to-be-solheim-cup-vice-captain-in-2019/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:27:09 +0000 http://northjersey.sportstonews.com/2018/11/20/laura-davies-to-be-solheim-cup-vice-captain-in-2019/ Laura Davies will be one of the European team leaders at the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.

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European captain Catriona Matthew tabbed Dame Laura Davies as a vice captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup. This might not seem like surprising news given that Davies leads the event in points scored (25) and appearances (12).

But Davies, 55, has made it known for years that she has no interest in being Solheim Cup captain. This lesser role might be all she ever agrees to, but it also might crack open the door to full captaincy. Davies joins Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie as Matthew’s assistants.

“I’m delighted and honored to have been asked to be a vice captain for the first time by Catriona,” Davies told the Ladies European Tour. “She sent me a text message when I was doing commentary at The Ryder Cup and I thought, ‘Ah, I wonder what this will be about.’ Sure enough, she asked me if I would do it and I didn’t even have to think about it. I want to be part of the team and I hope that I can make a positive contribution and help in any way that I can.”

Davies’ 87 titles worldwide include 20 LPGA wins. This season she swept the two senior majors on offer, winning big at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open and taking the Senior LPGA Championship in trying conditions.

“I’m delighted to have Laura alongside me on the journey to Gleneagles,” said Matthew. “She is hugely respected by the players and has a great sense of humor, which will bring a bit of levity. Her experience speaks for itself: she has played in 12 Solheim Cups, on both winning teams and losing teams, she has won 87 titles around the world and has been the lynchpin of the Ladies European Tour for the last 30 years. The players that will be in the team have such respect for her that if any of them need a question answered, they will listen to Laura. I couldn’t ask for anything better than to have Laura, Kathryn and Suzann at my side as vice captains and their combined experience will be a great asset for our team.”

The 2019 Solheim Cup will take place Sept. 13-15 on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire. Europe will look to regain the trophy for the first time in six year in Scotland. Team USA has won the last two competitions in St. Leon-Rot, Germany and Des Moines, Iowa.

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TOKYO (AP) — The PGA Tour will hold its first official tournament in Japan. And the main sponsor of next year’s event, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, is describing it as a kind of “moonshot” for golf in his country.

Maezawa should know.

The founder of the Japanese fashion website Zozotown, Maezawa was announced earlier this year as the first commercial passenger to attempt a flight around the moon.

“I think this will be the first PGA Tour sponsor that is going to the moon,” he said through an interpreter Tuesday in announcing the tournament. “I haven’t decided who I will take to the moon with me yet. I would like to talk to many people with an open mind.”

Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama was sitting alongside Maezawa during the media event at a central Tokyo hotel.

“I don’t know whether he will ask me, but I would love to go (to the moon),” Matsuyama said.

The tournament, set for Oct. 24-27, will be part of the PGA Tour’s swing through Asia along with stops in South Korea and China. The Japanese tournament replaces one in Malaysia.

The PGA said it was a six-year deal, and driven partly by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and golf’s high profile there.

PGA officials said the Zozo Championship will have a purse of $9.75 million with a field of 78 — plus 10 designated by the Japanese Tour, and eight others with special exemptions. It will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba prefecture, just outside Tokyo.

Maezawa said he was a “5-handicap” golfer at his best, but said he may have slipped to a 9-handicap — also a high level for an amateur player.

Isao Aoki, who was the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event, was thrilled by the announcement. Aoki won in 1983 in Hawaii.

“Finally this day has come,” the 76-year-old Aoki said. “If I were younger, I’d like to play in a PGA (Tour) tournament in Japan. I wish this day had come earlier.”

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When Phil Mickelson takes on Tiger Woods this Friday in Las Vegas, he will do so wearing his new signature golf polo.

Mizzen+Main on Monday released four colorways of the Phil Mickelson Signature Polo: black, white, purple and navy. Mickelson, who wore the company’s performance dress shirt several times this year, is expected to sport the black polo at Shadow Creek.

“I love Mizzen+Main’s dress shirts – they’re unlike anything else I’ve ever worn, which is part of why I play golf in them,” Mickelson said. “As great as they are, I’m thrilled to launch my own line of polos designed to deliver maximum functional benefits while helping me look my best. These polos have done just that.”

The Mickelson polo, which retails for $89, is made with 88 percent polyester and 12 percent spandex, which combine to produce an ultra-soft feel and four-way stretch. The polo also contains moisture-wicking, quick-dry, wrinkle-free and anti-microbial properties while providing UPF 30+ protection.

The polo also features a sport-fit cut, which provides extra room in the chest and body for improved comfort.

Additional styles are scheduled for 2019 release.

“Having Phil on board to design a collection brings a unique element to our partnership that we know fans will love,” said Kevin Lavelle, founder and CEO of Mizzen+Main. “This is something Phil’s never done before and it’s humbling that one of the world’s greatest golfers has chosen to work with us to design performance polos.”

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