By News Team
22nd May 2020
With both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing in Sunday’s The Match: Champions for Charity, as well as NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, the event is sure to have plenty of people tuning in. Here’s our preview of the action.
Woods, alongside Manning, will take on Mickelson and Brady at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, where Woods is a member and regularly practices. The unique match play event will feature a four-ball format for the first nine holes and a modified foursomes format for the back nine.
It is hoped the event will raise at least $10 million for charity, but the players will have further opportunities throughout the match to earn even more for their selected charities.
Tiger hoping for redemption
This isn’t the first time a match like this has happened. In fact, it’s only about a year and a half since Woods and Mickelson did battle, with ‘Lefty’ coming out on top. He scooped the $9 million prize that time and Woods will be keen to put the record straight this time around.
Although known as one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all time, Manning isn’t a rookie by any means on the golf course and has a pretty impressive handicap of four. Woods and Manning have played together on a number of occasions and so will be confident of taking home bragging rights.
Given Woods holds the course record at Medalist as well as being a member, it’s hardly surprising that the 15-time Major winner and Manning are the strong favourites for this one.
Mickelson searching for his best
Since his win in the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it’s been real a struggle for Mickelson. He only managed one top-20 finish for the rest of the year and missed the cut eight times. At the end of 2019 he found himself ranked 70th in the world – the lowest he’d been since 1992 – and it’s been a similar story in 2020. Although he finished third in two events back-to-back in February, the other four events he has played he has missed the cut, so it’s been very hit-or-miss.
The five-time Major winner will tee it up alongside Brady, who like Mickelson, is going through somewhat of a transition period in his sporting career. The New England Patriots great, a six-time Super Bowl winner with the franchise, has moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2020/21 season and it will be fascinating to see how he gets on. That’s for further down the line, though, and he’ll be looking to help Mickelson get one over on his great rival Tiger at Medalist.
Woods and Manning should prove too good
Brady is also a handy golfer with a handicap of eight, but he and Mickelson look up against it here. As mentioned Woods is a member at Medalist and knows the course better than anyone, and his partner Peyton is also the better amateur. Mickelson has been, for the most part, not performing at his best for over a year now, so you’d expect Tiger and Peyton to take this one out fairly comfortably.