Woods had to console himself with making the shot of the match on the 17th when he nailed a long birdie chip shot from the back of the green to stay alive in the match.
“Just like old times,” Woods said after celebrating with a familiar fist pump. “I needed it. He had a chance to close out so I needed something special to happen.”
Mickelson walked up the fairway knowing that if he made birdie and Woods made par the cash grab would be his.
“He does this crap to me all the time — for 20 years” said Mickelson. “Tiger is the greatest of all time.”
With the invite-only gallery in attendance, golf fans were forced to watch the exhibition via a US$19.99 pay per view televised format.
The duo both wore microphones and they filled time in the early going with plenty of verbal banter back and forth, but Mickelson admitted struggling to find enough to say as the match wore on.
“I am trying to be more talkative but I am just not on the back nine,” he told Woods as they left one of the Shadow Creek tee boxes.
“We got back into our old mode again trying to beat each other’s brains in,” Woods replied.