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Phil Mickelson defeated Tiger Woods in a head-to-head competition called "The Match" that went to a sudden-death, 22-hole ending in the dark.

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Woods won the $200,000 side bet on the first hole, as both players parred No. 1.

Mickelson was 1 up after 16 holes, but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th.

"A day like today is not going to take anything away from Tiger's greatness, he's the greatest of all time, but to have some smack talk for the next few years means a lot to me because I don't have much on him", Mickelson said. I never thought that we'd go to this extra hole. Woods's last major was in 2008; Mickelson's was in 2013.

Woods two-putted the par-five 18th for birdie and then generously conceded Mickelson's birdie putt when the 48-year-old was faced with a three-footer to keep the contest alive.

Both players were miked up for the entire round, giving fans a rare insight into discussions between themselves and their caddies, but it was the unmistakable tones of Samuel L. Jackson introducing them that was the first sign of what was to come.

Woods said he enjoyed the match, even if he was on the losing end.


The 19th hole was a replay of the 18th hole.

Mickelson caught a break with his ball coming up just short of the water. However, Woods chipped in for an unlikely birdie and Mickelson could not match it from 12 feet, meaning the match was all square heading to the 18th.

That gave Mickelson a chance to win the hole on the par-3 17th hole (there was no side-bet challenge).

With temperatures falling into the low 50s and light fading, that sent the match to a 93-yard chip shot back to the 18th hole from the practice putting green.

Back to the tee box, Woods again flew the green.

"You couldn't have made this event any better than it was, " he said.

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