Tiger Woods has always been the big attraction ever since the Monday night made-for-TV golf exhibitions began five years ago.
Now, he might be overshadowed.
The theme for this year's edition of the "Battle at the Bridges" is all about the long ball, featuring four players renowned for their prodigious length off the tee -- Woods and Hank Kuehne against Masters champion Phil Mickelson and John Daly in an 18-hole match.
ABC Sports will broadcast it live at 8 p.m., with ESPN picking up the first hour of the match in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Daly led the PGA Tour in driving distance for eight consecutive seasons, a streak that ended last year when Kuehne won the distance title by averaging a record 321.4 yards off the tee.
"I've played with Hank a lot, but we don't really pay attention to how long we hit it," Daly said. "What matters is your score. In the Skins Game in Canada, we hooked up and went back and forth a few times. He hit it five yards past me, I hit it five yards past him. We really don't think about it that much."
Mickelson has sacrificed distance this year in an effort to have more control, and it has paid off with a victory in the Masters and close calls in the U.S. and British opens. Still, he has spent most of his career salivating over distance, and he took some heat for joking that Woods "hates that I can fly it past him now."
-- From News Services