Woods-Mickelson will be worth watching
It’s been the talk of the golfing world for weeks now, and it seems like the winner-take-all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will finally take place.
This pay-per-view event, being promoted as “The Match,” will be an 18-hole battle between Woods and Mickelson held Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas.
The winner is scheduled to receive $9 million.
In many ways, it will be ironic to see these two golfing legends competing side-by-side. It’s something we wouldn’t have seen years ago when the two stars were fierce competitors who didn’t appear to like each other very much.
With age, the two men have mellowed a bit, and I guess spending the Thanksgiving holiday together doesn’t sound so terrible, especially with a massive payout up for grabs.
During the match, Woods and Mickelson will wear small microphones and encouraged to make side bets on such things as longest drives or closest to the pins. It will be interesting to see how much trash-talking takes place.
Though more of an exhibition than a real competition, I know I’m planning to tune in this November.
The best finish of any tournament last weekend happened to take place on the LPGA Tour.
Canada’s Brooke Henderson, just 20 years old, survived the weighty hopes of an entire nation on her way to capturing the 2018 Canadian Women’s Open.
Knowing the 45-year-old Canadian drought at this tournament, Henderson outplayed all of the top LPGA players, finishing with a final round of 65 and a four-shot victory. It marked just the second time a Canadian women has captured the title (Jocelyne Bourassa won the inaugural event in 1973).
As Henderson finished her round, the crowd began belting out “O Canada,” creating an almost surreal scene of national pride. Watching Henderson’s emotional acceptance speech afterward was a fitting ending to one of the best golfing events I’ve seen all year.
Congratulations to the Summit’s Rick Holtz and Huntingdon Country Club’s Ed Strickler, who finished well in the recent WPGA Senior Event at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo, PA.
Competing in the Super-Senior division, Holtz finished in a tie for fourth place after scoring a 5-over-par score of 77. Strickler shot a 78 to finish in sixth place.
Good luck to a couple of local golfers set to compete in the 33rd WPGA Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday.
Artie Fink, Jr. and Jay Pheasant have both qualified for the event, which will feature 78 of the best amateur golfers in western Pennsylvania.
The Mid-Amateur event is open to all amateur golfers, 25 years old and older. This year’s tournament will be held at South Hills Country Club in Pittsburgh.
The new clubhouse at the Bedford Springs golf course has been open for a little more than a year now, and the entire facility is absolutely top-notch, from the pro shop, to the locker room, to the restaurant facilities.
There’s hardly a more beautiful setting in central PA than the club’s outdoor patio area where people can enjoy dining while looking out over the scenic Bedford Springs course.
Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.