The Match (golf)

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The Match
GenreSport
StarringTiger Woods
Phil Mickelson
Peyton Manning
Tom Brady
Charles Barkley
Stephen Curry
Bryson DeChambeau
Aaron Rodgers
Brooks Koepka
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes5
Production
Production locationsLas Vegas, Nevada
Hobe Sound, Florida
Oro Valley, Arizona
Big Sky, Montana
Running time4 hours+
Release
Original networkTurner Sports
Original releaseNovember 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)
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The Match is a series of exhibition match play golf challenge matches that began in 2018. The exhibition events features major professional golfers facing each other in a head-to-head competition or sometimes it involves two man team events featuring one professional golfer partnering a celebrity or a sports person from another sport. The format has varied throughout the irregularly scheduled run of the event, with three of the five entries featuring a best ball format where the professional golfers are paired with a professional American football quarterback or, in one case, a basketball player. In all of the events, sports entertainment elements were included, particularly with the inclusion of sports betting elements in that the contestants wager portions of their prize on side bets during the contest. Turner Sports has televised all five iterations of the event.

Event details

Tiger vs. Phil

The first edition, titled The Match: Tiger vs. Phil, was played on November 23, 2018, between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada. The purse for the event was $9 million, with the winner taking the entire amount. Mickelson won the match after 22 holes, including four playoff holes. The event was marketed as a pay per view by Turner Sports via Bleacher Report Live, but technical issues with the over-the-top distribution of the PPV forced the event to instead be streamed for free; Turner and other providers subsequently offered refunds.

Champions for Charity

A rematch, The Match: Champions for Charity, was played on May 24, 2020, at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. It featured a pro-am four-ball format with each golfer having a National Football League quarterback as his partner: Woods was paired with two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning, and Mickelson with then six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.[1] Woods and Manning held off a late comeback from Mickelson and Brady to win by a single hole.[2]

On May 24, 2020, The Match: Champions for Charity was broadcast live on TNT, TBS, HLN and truTV. Brian Anderson was the host of the event, Trevor Immelman and Charles Barkley served as analysts, and Justin Thomas and Amanda Balionis were on-course reporters.[3]


Champions for Change

A third edition, titled The Match: Champions For Change, took place on November 27, 2020, at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona. The match, benefitting historically black colleges and universities, was played using an American foursomes format.[4] Mickelson partnered NBA hall-of-famer Charles Barkley, who played from a forward set of tees, to defeat Manning and NBA star Stephen Curry, 4 and 3.[5][6]

The Match: Champions for Change was broadcast live on TNT on November 27, 2020. Anderson and Immelman returned as host and analyst, respectively, alongside NBA star Andre Iguodala, who was also an analyst. Gary McCord and Cheyenne Woods served as on-course reporters. Additionally, a "Cart Cam" stream was made available for the event exclusively through Bleacher Report with host Taylor Rooks and on-course correspondent Eli Manning.[7]

July 6, 2021

A fourth edition of The Match took place on July 6, 2021. Mickelson and Brady competed against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and professional golfer Bryson DeChambeau at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.[8] There was a slight change to the format, with greensomes replacing the American foursomes format used in the previous edition.[9] DeChambeau and Rodgers won the match 3 and 2.[10]

The fourth iteration of The Match was broadcast live on TNT, TBS, and truTV on July 6, 2021. Anderson, Barkley, and Immelman all returned as host and analysts, respectively, alongside NFL star Larry Fitzgerald, who made his debut on The Match an analyst. Cheyenne Woods returned as on-course reporter. Kevin Frazier of Entertainment Tonight also made his debut on The Match as the pre-match host, alongside Barkley, Fitzgerald, and Immelman.

Bryson vs. Brooks

A fifth edition took place between DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka on November 26, 2021, at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas. The match was a result of an ongoing "feud" between the two players. The format for the fifth version of the match returned to the original format of Tiger vs. Phil, with the length of the match reduced to 12 holes. It was again broadcast across the outlets of Turner Sports.[11]

Neither player had ideal preparation for the match, with Koepka missing the cut in his previous two tournaments and DeChambeau having played no tournament golf for two months. Koepka won four of the first eight holes, and claimed victory when DeChambeau failed to make his birdie putt on the ninth green and conceded.[12] The players continued to play the next two holes, where DeChambeau won the longest drive and nearest the pin spot prizes for charity.[13]

Results

Date Title Winner(s) Score Opponent(s) Location Course
Nov 23, 2018 Tiger vs. Phil Phil Mickelson 22 holes Tiger Woods Las Vegas, Nevada Shadow Creek Golf Course
May 24, 2020 Champions For Charity Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning 1 up Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady Hobe Sound, Florida Medalist Golf Club
Nov 27, 2020 Champions For Change Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley 4 and 3 Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning Oro Valley, Arizona Stone Canyon Golf Club
Jul 6, 2021 Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers 3 and 2 Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady Big Sky, Montana The Reserve at Moonlight Basin
Nov 26, 2021 Bryson vs. Brooks Brooks Koepka 5 and 3[a] Bryson DeChambeau Las Vegas, Nevada Wynn Golf Club
  1. ^ The final score was reported during the broadcast, and in some news reports, as 4 and 3.[13]

References

  1. ^ Pickman, Ben (May 7, 2020). Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady & Peyton Manning 2-on-2 Golf Special Set for May 24. SI.com. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Team Tiger-Peyton wins Capital One's The Match". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Commentators Announced for Coverage of Capital One's The Match: Champions for Charity on Sunday, May 24". WarnerMedia Press Room. Warner Media. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  4. ^ Melton, Zepher (November 26, 2020). "4 things to know about The Match: Champions for Change". Golf.com. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Banbury, Justine (October 19, 2020). "Phil Mickelson, Charles Barkley to Face Stephen Curry, Peyton Manning in 'The Match'". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Porter, Kyle (November 27, 2020). "The Match 3 results, highlights: Mickelson and Barkley easily defeat Curry and Manning in shocking upset". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Herrington, Ryan. "How to watch 'The Match 3: Champions for Change' on TV or streaming". Golf Digest. Discovery Golf, Inc.
  8. ^ Wells, Adam. "Mickelson, Tom Brady vs. DeChambeau, Aaron Rodgers Set for Capital One's 'The Match'". BleacherReport. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  9. ^ Westerholm, Tom (July 6, 2021). "It's Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson vs. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau. Here's a guide to 'The Match'". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  10. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (July 6, 2021). "Bryson DeChambeau, Aaron Rodgers beat Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady in 'The Match'". ESPN. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Harig, Bob (October 5, 2021). "Fifth edition of The Match to feature Bryson DeChambeau vs. Brooks Koepka over 12 holes in Las Vegas". ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  12. ^ Schlabach, Mark (November 26, 2021). "Brooks Koepka bests rival Bryson DeChambeau 4 and 3 in 'The Match'". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Brooks Koepka Dominates Bryson DeChambeau, 5 and 3, to Win The Match". SI.com. November 27, 2021. Retrieved November 27, 2021.
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