Professional golfers made their return to the airwaves last weekend, albeit in an exhibition match as the TaylorMade Driving Relief was a success. Another exhibition match headlines the sporting action this weekend as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson do battle once again almost two years after ‘The Match’.
This time around, the two golfers will have help as NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been recruited to each team for ‘The Match: Champions for Charity”. The four players will do battle from the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida this Monday morning (AEST) and we have a full preview and betting tips for the event below.
Teams: Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady
Course: Medalist Golf Club, Hobe Sound, Florida
Time: Monday, 25th of May, 5am (AEST)
Broadcast: CNN (Foxtel)
The match will be played in match-play conditions over 18 holes.
Holes 1-9: Four-Ball will be the format on holes 1-9. The amateur player will be given three handicap strokes on the nine; one stroke each on a par 3, par 4 and par 5 on holes to be identified by the committee.
Holes 9-18: Modified Alternate Shot will be the format on holes 10-18. On every hole, each player will play from the teeing area. A ball will be chosen be in-play and strokes are played on an alternating basis until the hole is decided, under the Rules of Golf covering Foursomes.
In the event of a tied match, the match will be extended. The match will extend to a short hole of approximately 100-125 yards to the 18th green, until a winner is determined. The form of play when play is extended shall remain Modified Alternate Shot.
Arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods has racked up a ridiculous 82 PGA Tour titles including 15 major championships. The most recent of which, arguably his most famous, was the 2019 Masters, in which he returned from a 11 year major championship hiatus to capture his fifth green jacket.
PGA Tour Titles: 82 (T-1st all time)
Major Championships: 15
Career Prize-Money: $122,500,000
It’s really a testament to how good Tiger Woods is that Phil Mickelson is regarded as his biggest foil throughout his career, but ‘Lefty’ has only five major championships. That list includes three Masters wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Phil has accumulated 44 PGA Tour wins, which ranks 9th all-time and interestingly, has never been the No.1 ranked player in the world.
PGA Tour Titles: 44 (9th all time)
Major Championships: 5
Career Prize-Money: $91,000,000
When thinking about quarterbacks statistically, there is arguably none greater than Manning. The former Indianapolis Colt and Denver Bronco has racked up 14 Pro Bowl appearances, 7 first-team all-pro selections, 5 NFL MVP awards and is in the top three all time for both passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Super Bowl Champion: 2 (XLI, 50)
NFL MVP: 5 (2003, 04, 08, 09, 13)
Golf Handicap: 6.4
When Brady picked up a record 6th Super Bowl victory by downing the Rams in 2019, he officially became the greatest football player of all time. The former Patriot and now Buccaneer is still going as well. He has three NFL MVP awards and four Super Bowl MVP’s in his trophy case.
Super Bowl Champion: 6 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII)
NFL MVP: 5 (2007, 10, 17)
Golf Handicap: 8.1
You’d have to assume that the pro golfers will be carrying the bulk of the load both in the four-ball first nine and the alternate shot back nine. When thinking solely about Tiger and Phil, there is no doubt that Tiger has the advantage. He is a member at the Medalist Golf Club and plays practice rounds there regularly. Phil has also been terribly out of form pretty much since he beat Tiger in ‘The Match’ almost two years ago.
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