The Match II: Champions for Charity Preview

By Ryan Watson


Live golf returns for the second straight weekend with a charity matchup May 24, that is a sequel of sorts to last year’s $9 million match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. This time it will be a team affair to raise money to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of $10 million to be donated to coronavirus relief. Joining Woods and Mickelson will be NFL greats Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in what looks to be a fun afternoon of golf. 

 

Format


The match will take place between the team of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning and the partnership of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The match sees 4 of the best sportsmen (and trash talkers) of an era playing on live television. The first 9 holes will be four ball, with each golfer playing their own ball and the golfer with the lowest score winning the hole for their team. If the hole ends tied then the point carries over to the next hole. The back 9 will be a modified alternate shot game, with each golfer teeing off and then each team playing alternate shots off a chosen ball. While Mickelson and Wood’s skills are without doubt, it will be interesting to see how Manning and Brady deal with the pressure of sinking putts on live television. In addition, it’s being reported that there will be some challenges on specific holes that should also provide added entertainment. 

 

Charity


As stated earlier, at least $10 million will be donated to coronavirus relief efforts. In addition, each athlete will be donating memorabilia and experiences to further raise money. The charities include DirectRelief.org, an organization that provides medical supplies, the American Red Cross, Save Small Business, who provide grants to help small businesses, and the ALL IN Challenge which provides food to those in need. 

 

Course 


The event takes place at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, FL, home course for professionals like Woods and Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Rickie Fowler. The exclusive club has never hosted a professional event and this will be its first appearance on national television. The club was founded by Greg Norman who worked with Pete Dye to design what is seen by some as Florida’s most difficult course. It will be interesting to see how the amateurs survive this course.

 

Media

The event begins at 3pm ET and will be shown live on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN while also streaming on B/R Live. Leading the broadcast team will be someone who knows a thing or two about pressure and trash talk: Charles Barkley. Barkley is an avid golfer and resumes his role as lead commentator from the first Match. Joining Barkley will be Brian Anderson and Trevor Immelman, with Amanda Balionis and Medalist member Justin Thomas acting as on-course reporters. The golfers will be mic'd up and will also be able to interact with the commentators, so expect a hefty amount of trash talk. 

 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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