The stakes will be high: The reported winner-take-all purse of $10 million would payout more than five times what Masters victor Patrick Reed received in April. "No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone", Mickelson told the website at the time.
Woods is now -2 in the first round of the WGC event at Firestone, returning to the course to compete for the first time in four years, having previously won this tournament on eight occasions.
There's still no word on what the actual amount of money will be, but it's still rumored to be $10 million. While their relationship has gone through ups and downs, both players have softened a bit in recent years, and the two have been playing practice rounds together regularly this season, including this week ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Additionally, both Woods and Mickelson have agreed to be miked up for the event. Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 48, are the top two active earners on the PGA Tour (Woods with over $112 million, Mickelson with over $87 million), and those figures don't include endorsement deals.
"The excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match", Mickelson said in May. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable".
It's expected both Woods and Mickelson will play a major part in the U.S Ryder Cup team in September.