Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods May Play Live Round Of Golf For Bettors And Fans

Posted By Derek Helling on March 30, 2020
On Monday, Phil Mickelson suggested he might play a live, mic'd-up round of golf with Tiger Woods to give sports bettors a live contest to wager upon

In the absence of major professional sports like MLB and the NBA, a potential live round of golf between pros like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would be like throwing a steak to a hungry carnivore. Sports bettors and fans alike would pounce upon the event.

While there is no official announcement yet, Mickelson indicated he is up for the idea. If it actually happens, expect every legal online sportsbook operator in the US to take advantage.

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On Monday morning, Mickelson took on the role of caped crusader for sports bettors. When a fan suggested he and Woods play a round “mic’d-up” on a live stream, Mickelson didn’t dismiss the idea.

Mickelson later reiterated that he was serious about this idea. He understands why for sports bettors and fans, it would be cruel to suggest it and not follow through.

There are zero details as of yet about this possible event. Woods has not released any kind of statement either.

If it does happen, however, expect a host of interested parties to descend upon the event like a swarm of worker bees defending the hive. Legal online sportsbook operators will probably be among those apiary warriors.

Streaming rights, charity component and betting markets

If Mickelson and Woods agree to the terms of the contest, it’s likely that broadcast companies will salivate over the opportunity. That means a bidding war.

It would be a stellar opportunity for Mickelson and Woods to monetize the event and donate at least some of the proceeds to a charity of their choice. The stream would be an opportunity to raise awareness about the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance for minimizing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as well.

It could also become the single most-wagered upon event this year since Super Bowl LIV. It’s likely that sportsbooks would create a lot of propositional and traditional markets for the contest.

Examples of potential wagers for the event include:

  • Will there be a hole-in-one during the round?
  • The spread of the final score
  • Over/under on how many times will the stream editors have to bleep out words
  • Will Mickelson or Woods hit more greens off the tea?

Right now, this event only exists in the realm of possibility. If Mickelson’s stated determination translates into an actual event, however, this could be the single-largest betting day of 2020 since Feb. 2.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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