‘The Match’ Between Tiger And Phil Is Coming Back For 2019, 2020 And It Looks Like Partners Are In Play

Shug McSween Dec 26, 2018

For hardcore golf fans, ‘The Match’ was a beautiful up and down. For average fans, who were expecting a spectacle, it was an ugly three-putt followed by back to back double bogeys.

Well, Golf Digest just broke some news and the hardcore golf fans out there, including me, are going to be happy to hear the news:

“It looks like The Match will return in 2019. And probably 2020. Bank on it. Were the subscription numbers for golf’s first pay-per-view program that good? Neither Turner nor its parent WarnerMedia have released official figures, but knowledgeable sources told Golf World that the $9 million showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on November 23 in Las Vegas drew nearly one million customers who paid the $19.95 fee.

Painfully, Turner immediately had to refund all those subscriptions. Technical glitches prevented would-be viewers from buying in to the live stream, and, thus, forcing Turner to remove its pay wall both on television and online and offer the match for free. Those who paid got their money back. Fortunately, the financial damage was somewhat mitigated by Capital One’s title sponsorship and a handful of other backers.

Interestingly, however, the pay-per-view count wasn’t quite as integral to the immediate future of the enterprise as first reported — unless, of course, it turned out to be a total washout. Which it wasn’t. It turns out that Turner signed a three-year deal with the joint Woods and Mickelson business entity, Golf World has learned.”

Did someone say rematch?

Wise words for the organizers of the ‘The Rematch:

  1. Get your server set up properly so there is no fiasco when the broadcast starts
  2. Less talking from the announcers and just let the Golfers take us through the 18 holes
  3. More Natalie Gulbis, cause she’s a very intelligent analyst who didn’t get enough camera time
  4. Start it earlier in the day and a better OT format, as the pitch and putt to end it was lame
  5. Tiger and Justin Thomas vs Phil and Rickie should be the 2019 match


Shug McSween

Shug McSween is a veteran here at DeanBlundell.com and has been contributing since day one. A sports nut with a sophisticated opinion, expect McSween to cover any and everything he's passionate about. When he's not busy writing and editing for our crew, McSween likes to get away via fairways and greens. He also contributes to The Hockey Writers, NHLTradeRumors.me and BballRumors.com

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