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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Could Both Make a Lot More Money If They Wanted To

Sunday will be absolutely electric. After Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods faced off against each other in The Match in 2018, the event is back but with only more star power. Woods and Mickelson will team up with two sports icons in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. However, no matter who wins on Sunday (Woods is with Manning and Mickelson is with Brady), Woods and Mickelson could both make a lot more money in something off of the golf course if they wanted to.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are golf legends

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Throughout the years, even through the ups and downs, Tiger Woods has proved that he is one of, if not the, greatest golfers of all-time. In his career, Woods has 82 career PGA Tour wins and 31 second-place finishes. In 2019, Woods won the 15th major of his career as he won the Masters Tournament. That is second all-time, only to Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 majors in his career, according to PGA.com.

On the other hand, Mickelson has not been nearly as good as Woods, but he has still been an absolute legend. He has 44 PGA Tour wins and 36 second-place finishes. He trails Woods significantly in majors, though, as he only has five in his career, according to Golfworld. As of May 2019, that ranked tied for 14th all-time, according to PGA.com.

Both Mickelson and Woods have been legends in the sport. They have also had a rivalry that resulted in them competing in The Match in 2018. 

Participating in the second version of The Match

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The Match maybe did not go as planned in 2018. It was initially supposed to be a pay-per-view event as fans looked forward to watching Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson compete while being mic’d up. However, there ended up being technical issues with the streaming broadcast, according to The Washington Post, so Turner sports made it available for everyone. Additionally, it seemed to go on forever with Mickelson winning in the end.

This version of The Match could be pretty fun, though (hopefully). Now, they will be teaming up with two football legends, who also used to have a rivalry, as Woods will play with Peyton Manning, and Mickelson will team up with Tom Brady

At least $10 million from the golfers and sponsors will be at stake for coronavirus relief efforts, according to The Washington Post. More could be added throughout the day too. 

No matter who wins, though, and no matter how much money is ultimately raised, Woods and Mickelson could both make a lot more money if they wanted to (even though they are both insanely rich).

Woods and Mickelson could make money on Instagram

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson face off on Sunday. No matter who wins, though, Woods could still dominate Mickelson off the course.
(L-R) Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face-off during a press conference before The Match in 2018. | Harry How/Getty Images for The Match

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Myprotein recently did a study on how much fitness influencers, celebrity trainers, and sports stars could earn from sponsored posts on Instagram. They made a list of 90 people and ranked them in three separate lists (fitness influencers, celebrity trainers, and sports stars). Myprotein then based the rankings for each of the three lists on each person’s amount of followers and potential earnings per post. 

Of the 30 sports stars that Myprotein researched, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were two of them. Woods ranked 18th on the list as his two million-plus followers could potentially help him earn $12,300 per post on Instagram. On the other hand, Mickelson ranked 24th as his 770,000-plus followers could potentially help him make $4,400 per post.

The amount per post could end up making a huge difference in the long run. One sponsored post per month could potentially help Woods earn $147,600 in a year. One sponsored post per month for Mickelson would potentially equal $52,800 in a year.

There were ultimately three golfers on the list as Jordan Spieth ranked No. 22 with a potential $8,600 per post. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo ranked No. 1 on the sports star list with a potential $975,000 per post.

The Match should be pretty fun to watch on Sunday. No matter who wins, though, Woods would still be able to defeat Mickelson massively through Instagram.