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CNN to show Woods-Mickelson rematch as Sky talks ‘break down’

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 13th tee as Phil Mickelson looks on during The Match (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match)

News-based channel CNN International will provide global coverage of this Sunday’s charity golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, which will be shown in the US by Turner Sports.

Woods and Mickelson will be joined by NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning for the match, which will raise $10m (€9.2m) to support Covid-19 relief efforts.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky was looking to secure the rights in the UK but talks broke down earlier in the week, according to The Telegraph.

UK-based fans will therefore will need to watch the global coverage offered on the CNN International channel, which is available on the BT TV, Freesat, Plusnet, Sky and Virgin Media platforms in the UK.

Sky broadcast ‘The Match’, the first head-to-head clash between Mickelson and Woods which took place in Las Vegas in November 2018. Mickelson won the match to claim the $9m prize.

Sky secured live rights to last Sunday’s ‘TaylorMade Driving Relief’ charity match, which pitted Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and rising star Matthew Wolff in a two-man skins competition.

However, Sunday’s ‘rematch’ between Woods and Mickelson will be broadcast around the world by CNN International. The event will also be simulcast on TNT, TBS, truTV in the US, where the main coverage will be presented by Turner Sports. Both CNN International and Turner Sports are owned by US-based media group WarnerMedia.

The event will also include a partnership with the All In Challenge, as well as additional on-course challenges for charity. The match will take place at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, with Woods teaming up with Manning and Mickelson pairing up with Brady.

The event will operate a four-ball format on the front nine and a modified alternate short format on the back nine.