Tiger Ernie Team Under the Lights


The top two players in the world will team together in Monday nights Lincoln Financial Battle at The Bridges.
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will face Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia in a one-round, two-player better-ball duel to be televised live at 8 PM from The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe in California.
Mickelson lives in nearby San Diego, and is a member at The Bridges, a par-71 layout.
This is the fifth-annual primetime event featuring Woods. He defeated David Duval head-to-head in 1999, and then lost to Garcia the following year. Woods and Annika Sorenstam teamed to defeat Duval and Karrie Webb in 2001. He then joined forces with Jack Nicklaus to beat Garcia and Lee Trevino last year.
The first match, in 1999, was held at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The last three editions were contested at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert.
Television ratings have consistently decreased since 2000. The Woods-Garcia battle drew an overnight 8.6 rating and 14 share; the Woods-Duval match had a 7.4 rating and 12 share.
Each rating point represents 1.02 million homes. The share is the percentage of home with TVs in use.
The first inter-gender team match, which was marred by slow and sloppy play, drew an overnight 5.9 rating; last year dipped to 5.3.
Woods and Els have combined for nine worldwide wins this season, while their opposition has zero. Mickelson and Garcia have both struggled in 2003. Mickelson hasnt had a top-10 finish since the Masters Tournament. Garcia, on the other hand, seems to be headed in the opposite direction. He failed to crack the top 10 in his first 12 PGA Tour starts this season, but tied for fourth in the Buick Classic and tied for 10th in the Open Championship.
The winners will split $1.2 million; the runners-up will divide $500,000. A total of $300,000 will be contributed to charity, with the players designating a portion of their winnings.