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Tiger Woods calls betting integral to golf ahead of US$9m duel with Mickelson

"Whether it's a weekend round with our buddies or a practice round out on tour, we're always trying to have a little bit of an edge and have a bit of fun out there." - Tiger Woods (above, right), with Phil Mickelson at a press conference before the match

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IN ALMOST every way, Friday's US$9 million showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be a wild departure from golf's traditions. In its embrace of on-course gambling, the broadcast may actually bring it closer.

Throughout the 18-hole showdown, the pair will be...

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