Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, none of the three major in-season American sports leagues have returned yet. However, four of the most accomplished athletes in the last 25 years will all be together competing in a unique event this Sunday.
In November of 2018, Phil Mickelson edged out Tiger Woods in what was dubbed "The Match," taking home a $9 million prize. 18 months later the two most accomplished golfers of their era will get together for a match again, this time joined by arguably the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Mickelson will be paired with Tom Brady, now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after two illustrious decades with the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, Manning - who won a record five NFL MVP Awards during his 17-year NFL career - will team up with Woods, who many consider to be the greatest golfer of all time.
Here's all the things that you should know about "The Match: Champions for Charity:
There's nothing especially different about this than any golf match. The duo with the lowest score will win. As Ella Chochrek of Yahoo! Sports noted, there will be a slightly different format used between the front and back nine. For the first nine holes of the match, each golfer will shoot until they finish the hole. For the final nine holes of the match, the plan is for each golfer to take their initial drive, and the order will then be determined by who is closest to the hole and the golfers will take turns until the hole is completed by all four.
Are Brady and Manning Any Good at Golf?
That's a fair question, and the answer appears to be yes.
Meanwhile, Manning, who last played in the NFL in 2015, is believed to be a 6 handicap. Manning is reportedly a member at Augusta National - the home of the Masters - among other esteemed courses.
What Course Is Being Used?
The star-studded match is slated to take place at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. Woods is the only one of the four that has ever played the course, but Mickelson says that doesn't worry him.
“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson said. “Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there because he was insistent that this event is played on his home course. Despite everyone else wanting to play it elsewhere. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton.
“There will be no excuses. It’s his home course but Tom and I are going to go down there and put it to them, and we’ll make it that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”
How Much Money Is on the Table?
Last time, Mickelson won $9 million when he defeated Woods in a head-to-head matchup. Given the economic devastation caused by COVID-19, the quartet will be playing this time for bragging rights, rather than a pot of money. Instead of playing for money, Woods, Mickelson, Manning and Brady - who Celebrity Net Worth says are worth a combined $1.63 billion - will pull their resources and donate $10 million to COVID-19 relief.
What Are the Betting Odds?
Caesars Sportsbook lists the team of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning as -200 favorites. Though Woods is certainly the historically superior golfer and stands to benefit from his familiarity with this course, indications that Manning is a better golfer than Brady likely had the biggest say in the line.
Where Can You Watch?
On Sunday, May 24, TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN will being broadcasting the match at 2 p.m. ET.