The golf world has been waiting for the rematch between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and it will finally take place this month. The Match: Champions for Charity will feature Woods and Mickelson competing against each other in a two-on-two match to aid in coronavirus relief efforts.
They will be joined by two future Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacks that have quite a bit of history of their own. Woods will be joined by former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos legend Peyton Manning, and Mickelson will be teamed up with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Woods and Manning are the early betting favorites, being listed at -185 to win the match. Underdogs Mickelson and Brady can be had at +155. There are several other betting odds and options available at Caesars Sportsbook.
There has already been plenty of trash-talking amongst the foursome over the last few weeks, and it should make for an exciting match. Mickelson beat Woods in a head-to-head match in 2018 to win a purse of over $9 million.
This event will feature 18 holes, with nine holes being played as best ball, while the other nine holes being played with alternating shots. Manning has the lower handicap between the two quarterbacks, which plays a role in the current betting odds.
Made For TV
The Match: Champions for Charity will be held at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida on May 24. The event will kick off at 3 pm Eastern Time, and it will be a made-for-TV event.
The Turner Sports Group has exclusive rights to this event, and they will be broadcasting the matchup on TBS, TNT, and TruTV. There won’t be any fans allowed on the course, but this will still be a can’t-miss event for golf fans.
All four of the players will be mic’d up during the event, and they will be able to communicate with the broadcast crew. This will give viewers inside access to the event, and also a closer look at the bond and rivalry between the four players.
All of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit organizations that are fighting the COVID-19 disease. Experts are estimating that this event could raise over $10 million for charity.
The Medalist Golf Club in Florida will also be providing some on-course challenges for the golfers that day. Any of the money won from those contests will also be donated to charity.
The PGA Tour has been shut down since mid-March when the decision was made to cancel the final three rounds of The Players Championship. Golf is expected to resume in mid-June, but the PGA Tour is still working closely with health officials.
Since Woods and Mickelson are active members on the PGA Tour, the organization had to give them clearance to compete in this event. The state of Florida also decided to allow this match to take place as the state begins to reopen some businesses in an effort to stabilize the economy.