Did Tiger vs. Phil live up to the hype?

Alex Myers discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly from The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Released on 11/26/2018

Transcript

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So the match between Tiger Woods
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and Phil Mickelson finally went down in Vegas.
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Was it particularly great golf, no.
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Was it particularly great coverage, no.
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Was watching it a lot better than being
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stuck at a mall on Black Friday? I thought so.
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Let's start with the good.
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Tiger and Phil weren't at their sharpest
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but it made for a competitive match.
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And, we were treated to a vintage Tiger moment.
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Neither ever led more than one-up
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and they wound up going twenty-two holes.
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Or should I say holes.
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On the bad side, how do you determine
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a nine million dollar match on a
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Mickey Mouse made up hole that was
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one windmill short of something you'd see
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on a mini golf course.
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Actually, if I were playing for nine million,
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I'd be all about it cause that yardage is in my wheelhouse.
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But it seemed ridiculous for these legends.
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Not that Phil's complaining.
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I just hope he didn't spend all of it
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on the roulette table that day.
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Another positive was having these guys
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miked up the entire time.
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Although Phil might want to do
00:50
some more cardio this off season.
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That was some pretty heavy breathing
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for walking around a golf course.
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Sure, there were stilted conversations and
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awkward silences as things got more serious.
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But it was cool hearing them talk about, anything.
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That is, when you could actually hear them talking
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instead of Ernie Johnson and Peter Jacobson yapping away.
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There were also other aspects of
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the broadcast that were great though.
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From wall to wall gambling coverage,
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to overhead drone shots.
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However, the ProTracer looked like
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a pre-schooler was drawing with crayons.
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And, while we're talking about gambling,
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all those side bets we were promised
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were reportedly limited by the PGA Tour; lame.
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Also lame, the lack of needling between these two.
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There are kindergarten kick ball
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games with better trash talk.
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Having two man teams would probably help with the banter.
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Speaking of which, the pre-game show was solid.
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Especially thanks to Pat Perez and Charles Barkley.
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But did I really need to hear
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Chuck and Ben Stiller argue about the Knicks?
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I love those guys, and sadly, I love the Knicks.
01:50
But it didn't exactly scream big time golf event.
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Neither did the punched greens at Shadow Creek.
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I hope Tiger and Phil didn't pay
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full freight for their green fees.
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Speaking of paying for something,
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I actually think the match was worth
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the $19.95 pay-per-view price tag,
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at least this once.
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But getting it for free thanks to
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the biggest 'bogie' of the day?
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I'm not sure how you could complain about that.
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And yet, people did. Over and over again.
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People whined that the match was
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taking away from the World Cup of Golf.
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It wasn't because they weren't even on at the same time.
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Other bemoaned the crass-ness for playing
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for so much money when there are golfers
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out there playing for so little.
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As if this is the first time golfers
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got hefty appearance fees. Please.
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And even when Tiger and Phil showed total class
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by conceding their testy par puts
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in order to keep the match going;
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Because neither wanted to win like that.
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People bitched about it.
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Jack Nicklaus conceded one little put
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at the Rider Cup fifty years ago
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and we're still hearing about how great it was.
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But Tiger and Phil do it and they get criticized?
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I'd feel bad for them if they didn't
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make more money for four hours of work
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than I'll probably make in my life.
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Again, the match wasn't a perfect product.
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But it filled the Thanksgiving golf void
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left by the Skins game. R.I.P. Skins game.
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So Tiger, Phil? Same time, same place next year?
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Just, maybe bring a couple of your friends along.
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