The much-anticipated charity golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, which will feature Peyton Manning in Tiger’s corner and Tom Brady teaming up with Lefty, will be held on Sunday, May 24 with $10 million going to benefit coronavirus relief. Woods, Manning, Mickelson and Brady will tee it up at 3 p.m. ET from Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, according to a Thursday press release.
Dubbed “The Match: Champions for Charity,” the event will be simulcast on TNT and TBS with all of the donated money going to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. It sounds as if at least some of it will come from the players’ own pockets.
Associated with the live telecast, WarnerMedia and the golfers will collectively make a charitable donation of $10 million to benefit COVID-19 relief. As part of the fundraising efforts, the competition will also include a partnership with the ALL IN Challenge, along with additional on-course competitive challenges for charity.
Entities that will receive the money — presumably more than the $10 million off the top after you add in the competitive challenges on the course — include Direct Relief, the American Red Cross, Save Small Business, and the ALL IN Challenge.
The match will include nine holes of fourball (best ball) play followed by nine more holes of alternate shot play at Medalist, which is going to engender so much tension the first time one of the quarterbacks puts Tiger or Mickelson in jail off the tee.
Last time Woods and Mickelson played a match was in November 2018 when Mickelson beat his top rival for $9 million and a big belt he had displayed in the background of a video interview he did with the other competitors this week. It wasn’t the only thing he had displayed in the background, either.
As for that $9 million win in Las Vegas two years ago, Mickelson joked that he probably clings to it a little tighter than he should.
“The thing is, Tiger’s gotten the best of me throughout our careers,” said Mickelson. “If you look at the big picture, the guy has the greatest record in the history of the game, so any little thing I have I’ll hold onto.
“This win, I’ll hold onto that. I know that it bothered him. You know why I know it bothered him? Because he insisted that we come back and compete the next one at his home course so that he had the home course advantage. I completely understand that line of thinking. I probably would have done the same thing if I had lost and was pissed off, too.
“Tom and I are going to go down to your home course, and we’re going to defend our title again. And then there are no excuses.”
Already more trash talk than the entire first match combined, which is obviously a good sign. Of course, the entire event could be a four-hour pantomime, and we would all probably watch every shot.
The announcement of this match means there are only three more weekends without live PGA Tour golf for the foreseeable future. Preceding the Woods-Mickelson charity match, another match featuring teams of Rory McIlroy-Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler-Matthew Wolff will be held on May 17. Both should be a blast, and — more importantly — both will help benefit a terrific cause.