Those who weren't planning to pay $19.99 for "The Match" between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday got a break when Turner executives decided, at the last minute, to give away the stream for free.
After that, a makeshift 93-yard par-three was made - with a brand new hole carved out.
Prior to the unprecedented event, which is being held at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, the lefty told Tiger that he'd risk $100K that he'd birdie the first hole.
At Tuesday's pre-event press conference, Mickelson had bet $100,000 he would birdie the par-four first hole, Woods said double it and the wager was accepted.
Each player birdied the par-5 final hole of regulation; Tiger made his putt then let Mickelson pick up his ball, conceding Mickelson would make it. Technical difficulties marred the event, which was billed as golf's first pay-per-view broadcast. There was some banter between Woods and Mickelson early on but not much as the stakes increased.
"You've been doing that to me for 20 years, I don't know why I am surprised now, " he said.
He also won $600,000 in side bets from Woods, with the money earmarked for the Phil & Amy Mickelson Foundation.
The five-time major victor also recovered from losing a $200,000 (£156,000) side bet on the opening hole by winning three nearest-the-pin contests for a total of $600,000 dollars (£468,000), with that money reportedly coming from the players themselves and being donated to charity.
He hit the next shot for par - but the damage had already been done.
Mickelson said on the 15th hole to Woods that "I'm trying to be more talkative but I'm not on this back nine". He also won $400,000 in side bets, though that should all be going to charity. But Mickelson tied him with a birdie putt at the 14th then went ahead when Woods bogeyed the 15th.
Mickelson then referred to a champion's belt that Friday's victor received, telling Woods, "I will wear this belt buckle every time I see you".