Turner Sports keen to bring back Woods-Mickelson ‘Match’ in 2019 and 2020

Despite a series of technical glitches, Turner Sports is reportedly keen to bring back a pay-per-view match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2019 and 2020.

According to Golf Digest, Turner signed a three-year deal with the joint Woods and Mickelson business entity, and it is believed the format will return as a team event.

Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN he expects talks to begin early this year.

“We – and that’s a very big we when I say the Woods camp, the Mickelson camp, the Turner camp – have a lot to talk about,” Steinberg said. “We don’t have any specifics on what it might look like, whether it’s Tiger-Phil, two others, four others.”

The Match, won by Mickelson, drew nearly one million customers who paid a $19.95 fee. Despite Turner having to refund all subscriptions due to technical errors, it appears the event showed commercial promise, thanks to backing from Capital One and other sponsors.

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