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GULLANE, Scotland – That made-for-TV golf event with Tiger Woods? Phil Mickelson told reporters on Thursday that it is “close.”
Speaking after his first round at the Scottish Open, Mickelson was asked whether he had any updates on the rumored match.
“No, but hopefully in the next week or two. I think we’re close to having some stuff finalized,” he said.
According to a Golf.com report at the beginning of July, Mickelson and Woods have been working on an 18-hole, head-to-head match with $10 million on the line.
Mickelson, who opened his links season Thursday with an even-par 70, reiterated to reporters that he’s “had a rough month.” He apologized again for his mistake at the U.S. Open and said it took him time to realize his ball-in-motion putt at Shinnecock Hills was less than his best moment.
“Throughout my career, 25 years, there have been a lot of times where I have had to be accountable for decisions I did not make,” he said. “And the reason why this has actually been easier, it was my own fault … So the articles and the backlash is my own fault.”
Mickelson, who recently spent some time at Carnoustie for next week’s Open Championship, added that he isn’t worried about how golf fans will treat him there.
“When I was over at Carnoustie, people were great, I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I didn’t know that I should be. I think most people realize, you know, we all make mistakes and that wasn’t – that was certainly one of them.”
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