Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning teamed up to defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity held at the prestigious Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. The event raised $20 million for Covid-19 relief.
While Woods and Manning started off hot and took a 3-up lead into the back nine, the highlight of the day belonged to six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who holed out from the fairway on the par-5 No. 7 following criticism from TNT announcer Charles Barkley. Brady’s response after draining the shot from just inside 100 yards, “Take a suck on that Chuck!”
Brady’s chip in for birdie also earned an extra $100,000 to the charity from four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, who tweeted that he would make the donation of Brady could get a par on the front nine.
A great deal of The Match took place in a driving rain storm, but the four legends powered through it all while Mickelson and Brady when the format switched from Best Ball on the front nine to Modified Alternate Shot on the back nine to come up one hole short as Woods’ 40-foot lag putt gave the 15-time major champion and two-time Super Bowl winner the victory.
The Turner Sports broadcast added a lot to the fun with Brian Anderson doing play-by-play alongside NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley in the booth and current world No. 4 Justin Thomas out on the course. Thomas, who like Woods is a member of Medalist Golf Club, provided a Tony Rom0-esque ability to predict putts while reading the greens and sharing his familiarity of the amazing venue.
Thomas even poked fun at Barkley after Sir Charles’ analysis of a Woods bunker shot.
Alex Rodriguez, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson all made appearances during the broadcast with charitable dontations.
Next up for golf fans is the Charles Schwab Challenge, June 11-14 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Mickelson is among the stacked field that already includes six of the top 10 in the world.
See the full early commitment list at charlesschwabchallenge.com.