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Tiger vs. Phil might lead to more matches

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AKRON, Ohio – After giving slightly conflicting answers on Thursday at Firestone Country Club, Tiger Woods seemed to be more onboard for the made-for-TV match against Phil Mickelson in November.

“We're going to have fun. We're going to do something that's never been done before in the game of golf, so that's always fun to do something like that,” Woods said following a second-round 68 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “It's trying to grow the game of golf somehow and doing something that's different that's never been done before.”


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On Thursday, Woods was asked about the match – which will be played at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas on either Nov. 23 or 24 – but said, “We haven't signed anything, nothing's confirmed.” Later on Thursday Mickelson confirmed the event’s date and location.

Woods had a different tone regarding the match on Day 2 in Ohio, even suggesting that it might not be a one-and-done event.

“The plans are for this one and possibly more, but you just never know,” he said. “When we first did the Showdown at Sherwood, it was basically only one time, a one-time deal, but it ended up going more than that. So we'll see what happens with it this year.”

Some reports have estimated the purse for the winner-take-all match could be $10 million.