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Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth playoff hole in near-darkness to beat Tiger Woods and win The Match - a made-for-TV match-play contest - and the $9m (£7m) prize in Las Vegas.

The Match promised to deliver plenty of side bets between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and the legendary pair didn't hold back.

Mickelson retook the lead of the much-hyped event on the par-4 15th hole when Woods missed a par putt.

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Mickelson had missed a 6-footer the previous time they played the hole, then told Woods, "I don't want to win this way, " and told him to pick up his 5-footer to tie.

Only 700 invited guests were allowed to watch the event billed as golf's first pay-per-view broadcast.

While the pay-per-view event was priced at $19.99, promoters made a decision to offer it free online at some point during play because of what they described as technical issues that impacted user access. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.

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That meant the players returned to the 18th for the first play-off hole and, with daylight fading, if the match was not resolved there they would use a makeshift 95-yard hole to decide the outcome. He also won $400,000 in side bets, though that should all be going to charity. There was some banter between Woods and Mickelson early on but not much as the stakes increased. Mickelson though won the next three, which were closest-to-the-pin challenges on par-3 holes, which totaled $600,000.

"You've been doing that to me for 20 years, I don't know why I am surprised now, " he said.

Tiger Woods produced a trademark moment of magic against Phil Mickelson to leave the golfing world in a frenzy.

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Mickelson's second ended in a plugged pie in a bunker short of the green, and the water hazard, while Woods layed up after a pulled drive and wedged to seven feet before his opponent splashed out to 30 feet.

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