The 42-year-old Woods is a 14-time major champion who is in the midst of a remarkable comeback after overcoming multiple back surgeries.
This season, Tiger has six top-10 finishes and four top-five results to his credit. That includes a second-place finish in the PGA Championship last weekend, where he was only two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.
The 48-year-old Mickelson is a five-time major winner, who is just a U.S. Open win short of the career Grand Slam. Mickelson has also finished second at a major 11 times during his career.
Lefty has six top-10 results and five top-fives this season, and he won the WGC-Mexico Championship in March.
When asked about the long-anticipated one-on-one event against Woods in June, Mickelson discussed the $9 million pot, saying, “It’s a ridiculous amount of money. No matter how much money you have, this amount will take both of us out of our comfort zone,” per Golf.com‘s Alan Shipnuck.
Fittingly, the high-stakes contest will feature two of the winningest and wealthiest golfers in the history of the sport.
On Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in the world for 2018, Woods ranked 16th with $43.3 million in earnings, and Mickelson was 22nd at $41.3 million. That placed them first and second, respectively, among all golfers.