(CBS SPORTS) - Phil Mickelson finally ended "The Match" with Tiger Woods by knocking in a $9 million 5-foot birdie on the 22nd hole, a contrived 93-yard par 3 that included a tee box set on the practice green so lights could be set up for the players. The birdie followed three playoff pars from both legends (two on the 93-yard hole) after the pair was all square following 18 regulation holes in Las Vegas.
Mickelson and Woods had played those 18 holes of match play in back-and-forth fashion, though Mickelson did not trail until late in the day. They played the 18th again for good measure after being tied following regulation. Then it got dark and they hit the practice area for three laps.
The denouement of the entire match -- which was not the greatest golf we've ever seen -- came on the 17th hole in regulation. Woods, 1 down at the time and facing elimination, chipped in from the back of the green to tie the match up and send it to the 18th. "I did not want to have that match end on that hole," said Woods.
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