Phil Mickelson tries on The Match champion's belt, realizes it doesn't fit, gets bummed
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Phil Mickelson tries on The Match champion’s belt, realizes it doesn’t fit, gets bummed


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After a 22-hole duel at Shadow Creek on Black Friday, Phil Mickelson prevailed over Tiger Woods in their $9 million, (supposed) winner-take-all showdown in Las Vegas.

Mickelson won with a heart-palpitating 4-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole and third on the specially setup 93-yard challenge hole with a tee on the putting green at the exclusive Sin City course. In the moments after Mickelson dapped up his brother and caddie Tim, his wife Amy, his kids and Woods himself, Mickelson and Woods stood with Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson for a brief post-Match interview.



At the end of the "Aw, shucks" comments, Johnson presented Mickelson with the belt the champion was to receive for their victory. The belt was made from the finest Italian leather, apparently, and the buckle had "The Match" on it with a diamond encrusted in it, among other fancy features.

Mickelson opened the wooden box holding the belt, glanced at the details and then tried to fit it around hit waist. It didn't fit.

Always turning a negative into a positive, Mickelson turned to Woods laughing and pointing, saying, "They thought you were going to win!" in making a crack about Woods' smaller waistline. Woods had an absolute riotous laugh about the whole thing.

Despite the belt problems, Mickelson comes out the winner in a 22-hole match that wound up being a fun afternoon.

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