Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning are set to take on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady on Sunday afternoon at Medalist Golf Club and we couldn’t be more excited to watch these four legendary figures tee it up to raise money for COVID-19 relief. With 28 championships (majors and Super Bowls) between them and all sorts of trash-talk being thrown around, this is bound to be wildly entertaining and having Charles Barkley and Justin Thomas on commentary is simply an added bonus.
But how exactly does this two-on-two match, billed as “The Match: Champions for Charity,” actually work? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss as things could get a little confusing for those watching on just about every single platform Turner Sports has to offer.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady each receive three strokes on the front nine, which will be played using the best ball format
I know this might be shocking but Peyton Manning and Tom Brady aren’t quite as good at golf as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Therefore, although they should probably be getting more, the two legendary quarterbacks will receive a stroke each on three holes on the front nine, No. 3 (par 5), No. 6 (par 4), and No. 8 (par 3) per their handicaps. For those unfamiliar, what that means is that on those three holes only, their score will be lessened by one. So a bogey becomes a par, a par becomes a birdie, and so on and so forth. Brady and Manning will also be playing different tees than Woods and Mickelson.
The front nine will be played using the best ball format. Each competitor plays their own ball and the lowest score wins the hole. So if Mickelson, Brady, and Manning all make par on a hole and Tiger makes birdie (Medalist is his home course by the way and he made sure this thing was played here), Tiger and Peyton win the hole. Make sense?
The most entertaining hole on the front side will certainly be the 190-yard, par-3 fourth hole. On this hole, each player must select one club to use for the entirety of the hole, including putting. You just gotta love these made-for-TV events, don’t you?
The back nine will use a modified alternate-shot format
While the front nine should be fun, the back nine of the Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady match will be where things get really interesting as play shifts to a modified alternate-shot format. A normal alternate-shot format (like you’d see in the Ryder Cup) sees just one member of a team tee off (one takes odd holes and the other the evens) and the players then alternate shots until the hole is complete. In this match, all four players will tee off on every hole and then each team will select which drive they want to use. From there, the players will then alternate shots until the hole is complete and the lowest score obviously wins the hole.
So if Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning tee off and one winds up out of bounds and the other ends up in the fairway, it’s not a problem as they would naturally use the one in the fairway. But it would be interesting in a scenario in which Tiger stripes one 320 down the fairway and then Manning duffs the second shot. Woods is a pretty competitive guy and certainly doesn’t want to lose to Phil Mickelson as he did in their first made-for-TV matchup.
Naturally, the team that wins the most holes wins the match.
What’s at stake in the Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady match?
Unlike the one-on-one match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2018, none of the competitors in this match will be going home with any extra cash, outside of any bets they’ve already made between themselves anyway, which is highly likely. The main point here is to raise money for COVID-19 relief, although all four players on Sunday want those bragging rights.
WarnerMedia and all four players themselves have already combined to make a $10 million donation that will go to entities such as the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, and the ALL IN Challenge. Viewers will have the chance to donate as well during the broadcast and live raffles involving experiences with these four legends at later dates will also take place. The players will also be encouraged (and you know they’ll all want to jump in) to take part in some side bets as the day moves along.
This is simply a fantastic event featuring four of the most iconic figures in sports history raising money for a great cause. And it’s live sports, which is certainly welcomed by just about everyone right now.