You know what’s better than gambling?
Gambling some more.
As evidenced by the way Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson found a way to make their fun little nine-million-dollar bet set for Friday in Las Vegas a little more interesting.
It happened yesterday when Phil seemingly baited Woods into a second bet during a news conference yesterday at Shadow Creek while promoting "The Match" between the longtime golf rivals when he noted he's been thinking about the side challenges that are to be part of the pay-per-view event.
"I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me," Mickelson said. "And I believe—in fact I'm willing to risk $100,000 that says I birdie the first hole. So that's how good I feel heading into this match."
Mickelson made it clear to Woods that he didn't have to accept, but the 14-time major champion said: "So you think you can make birdie on the first hole?
"I know I'm going to make birdie on the first hole," Mickelson said.
"Double it," Woods responded.
And so there will immediately be something on the line Friday when 14-time major champion Woods, 42, and five-time major winner Mickelson, 48, step to the first tee at Shadow Creek, a 415-yard par-4.
Months in the making, the Tiger-Phil match is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET, with Woods favored to prevail, but Mickelson relishing the opportunity to hold some bragging rights.
Of course, this would have been a lot more amazing had they done it about ten years ago but hey, us golf fans will take what we can get.