Mickelson keen for “The Match” to become annual event

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US golfer Phil Mickelson says he is keen for “The Match” to become an annual event following the success of the competition’s second iteration over the weekend.

The officially-titled “Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity” – which featured Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady – attracted an average of 5.8m viewers across four Turner Sports networks.

It was the most-watched golf telecast in the history of cable television in the US, beating the first round of the 2010 Masters on ESPN (4.9m viewers).

The first edition of the event was a head-to-head clash between Mickelson and Woods in late 2018, with Mickelson winning a $9m pay day.

The duo initially agreed to three events and now Mickelson wants to see the event become a regular fixture on the golf calendar.

“I think you could showcase guys like Steph Curry and Michael Jordan or Tony Romo and Patrick Mahomes, who are all good golfers, elite talents, and have great personalities,” Mickelson told the Los Angeles Times. “Those personalities are going to come out with this event. Or you could have someone who loves the game and is competitive but is really entertaining like Larry David and Bill Murray. I think that could shine.”

Mickelson said he could even team up with Woods to take on two current stars of the game.

“What if Tiger and I were to team up and take on two younger players, or what if we were to team up with younger players and have it be a real high-level golf competition?” Mickelson added. “I think there’s a market for that. But you have to have some personality in there too, so a guy like Justin Thomas showed how funny he is and he would add a lot to an event like that.”