The Match: Champions for Charity — featuring Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady — on Sunday at Medalist Golf Club will include a one-club challenge on the fifth hole.
Playing a single hole with one club is often a theme in matches like this one, and it showcases the skill Woods and Mickelson possess. Rory McIlroy talked recently on the McKellar Golf Podcast about how good it is for pros to learn how to hit different shots at different yardage with just a single club. It’s also quite difficult depending on what club you pick.
McIlroy and Woods actually participated in a one-club challenge in their match with Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama last fall in Japan. Most often, like you see below, players will choose a 4-iron or 6-iron and pray they hit their second or third shot on the green because chipping with a 4-iron is not the easiest thing in the world.
There are other variations of this as well. Andrew “Beef” Johnston and Viktor Hovland participated in a one-club challenge last year in which they had to hit shots with whatever random club they pulled out of the bag (which is actually incredibly interesting).
The fifth at Medalist is a par-4, which will affect the strategy this weekend. It will be awesome to watch Woods and Mickelson shape shots to try and find these greens and will something in the hole with their “putter.” Brady and Manning, maybe not so much.
The front nine on Sunday will be played as a best-ball match, which means that Brady and Manning don’t necessarily have to count their scores (which is probably a good thing for them). What would be great is if the back nine had a one-club challenge when the match flips to alternate shot and we got Manning trying to get up and down from 220 yards with an 8-iron.
Either way, it’s a nice wrinkle to Sunday’s festivities, which are set to start at 3 ET on TNT.