Published on November 19th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson0
Tiger vs. Phil: How to watch ‘The Match’ between Woods & Mickelson on Apple TV
For the first time in their long rivalry, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will face off in an unusual head-to-head, 18-hole golf match this Friday. The event will be the first ever pay-per-view golf event and for $20 will be available streaming on Apple TV. Here’s everything you need to know…
Date, Time and Place
‘The Match’ will be played on Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tiger and Phil will tee off at 3 p.m. EST, noon local time. Unlike other PGA events, the event is closed to the general public.
How can you watch? How much does it cost?
‘The Match’ will cost $19.99 to buy on pay-per-view, and it will be broadcast by Turner Broadcasting’s B/R Live, which is available through its own, standalone Apple TV app. Live coverage of the pay-per-view will begin at 2 p.m. EST, 11 a.m. local time.
The event can be purchased within the app using an Apple ID via iTunes. The purchase will include access to watch the full live event and the replay for up to 48 hours after the event.
UPDATE: Sling TV will also offer the event, being the only live streaming service to announce plans to broadcast it. Current Sling TV subscribers can purchase the match within the app on their Apple TV. Once Sling TV users buy the PPV event, a new channel will appear at the beginning of their channel guide, and the channel will show content as soon as the match coverage begins.
What will the winner receive?
In addition to in-match wagers between the two competitors, Tiger and Phil will face off for a $9 million, winner-take-all prize.
What will be the format of the event?
Tiger and Phil will play an 18-hole match play event, in which players earn a point per hole where they bested their opponent. Unlike stroke play, the total score does not matter, rather the number of holes where a player scores lower than his opponent. For example, if Tiger scores a 4 on the first hole and Phil scores a 3, Phil would be “1 up”. If Tiger wins the next hole, it returns to “all square”.
With both golfers mic’d up and every word they utter out in the open, the addition of un-edited comments could add to the entertainment.
‘The Match’ has its critics, many of whom point to the fact neither man is playing for their own money and that they certainly are not at the height of their careers. Whatever you feel, it will be an interesting event that will test the popularity of pay-per-view.