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Phil Mickelson wants to bet $100,000 on birdying the first hole vs. Tiger. The response from Woods? ‘Double it’

Phil Mickelson, left, and Tiger Woods speak during a news conference at Shadow Creek Golf Course in
Phil Mickelson, left, and Tiger Woods speak during a news conference at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas on Nov. 20.
(Steve Marcus / Associated Press)

There’s already some trash talk going into the $9-million, Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson showdown Friday at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. And those guys seem ready to put their money where their mouths are.

“I feel like the first hole is a great hole for me,” Mickelson said during a joint news conference for “The Match: Tiger vs. Phil” on Tuesday. “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.”

Woods responded: “Hold on, hold on, hold on. So you think you can make birdie on the first hole?”

“I know I’m going to make birdie on the first hole,” Mickelson responded.

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Woods shot back: “Double it,” referring to the wager.

Mickelson accepted the challenge. “Did you see how I baited him like that? Yes! [$200,000] says I birdie the first hole.”

The proceeds from all side bets between the two golfers will go to charity.

charles.schilken@latimes.com

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