It’s nearly time for The Match: Champions for Charity to tee off, the highly anticipated two-versus-two golf tourney featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson teaming up with NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively, to bring some much-needed live entertainment to a sports-starved world. This event, which is a successor to the match play showdown between Woods and Mickelson in 2018, is shaping up to be a can’t-miss one for not only those that enjoy golf, but also football fans and sports bettors. With that in mind, you can find everything you need to know to enjoy The Match—including the full schedule, tee time, TV channels, format, rules, odds and much more—in the relevant sections below.
The Match Schedule And Tee Time
Woods, Manning, Mickelson and Brady will tee off Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. ET. Viewers can begin tuning in at 2 p.m., however, for pre-match coverage and additional insight. The event is slated to wrap up at approximately 7 p.m.
The Match: Champions of Charity TV and Live Stream
The entire Turner family of networks will be broadcasting The Match II. Viewers will be able to choose from watching on their television via a simulcast across TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN. The match will also be live streamed on a handful of additional Turner properties. Those wanting to stream the golf action from their phones can use the B/R app, while those using a computer or smart TV can utilize TNTdrama.com or TBS.com.
The Match II Betting Odds
Sportsbooks opened betting with Woods and Manning as heavy favorites and the public has largely agreed, with odds hovering around -200 for the Woods/Manning pairing to win at most shops. That means one would have to risk $2 to win $1 on Tiger and Peyton notching a victory in The Match II, while those that like Mickelson and Brady to win will find the betting line is around +175 at most books, which means one would net $1.75 for each $1 wagered on the underdogs.
Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady Prop Bets
Bookmakers have been chomping at the bit for meaningful live sporting events during the lockdown and now that one has surfaced, they certainly are not shying away from offering a multitude of ways to gamble on it. Oddsmakers have put props on the board that cover everything from the start of The Match II (“will all the players hit the fairway on hole No. 1”) to well past the event’s end (“will any of the participants golf with President Donald Trump before 2022”). There are plenty of intriguing lines on things such as performance (the yes side of “will any player record an eagle” is one of the most popular bets at a few books), attire (Tiger is a massive favorite to wear red on Sunday) and the broadcast (“how many times will host Charles Barkley say ‘terrible’’) available to be wagered on by bettors hungry for action. You can find a full list of props, courtesy of SportsBetting.com, by clicking here.
TaylorMade pondered if Tiger and Peyton will use the “Omaha” audible that the former quarterback made famous during his 18 years in the NFL. Bettors can find 2-1 odds on the yes side of the “will ‘Omaha’ be said during the broadcast” prop.
The Match Prize Pool
The last time Tiger and Phil went head-to-head in The Match, they vied for a winner-take-all $9 million purse that Mickelson ultimately took home after a 22 hole battle. This time the prize pool is at least $10 million, which was donated by WarnerMedia, and all of it will be going towards coronavirus relief efforts. There will be on-course incentives as well to raise additional money for charities such as the All In Challenge, American Red Cross, Direct Relief and Save Small Business. Charles Barkley will be joining in with the foursome for one hole and has a chance to score an additional $200,000 for charity if he can card a bogey or better.
The Match II Location
The action will take place at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. The club was founded in 1995 and is regarded as one of the toughest places to play in the country, which may give Woods and Manning an advantage due to their familiarity. Medalist—which stretches nearly 7,600 yards—is the home course for several pros, including Woods, who holds the course record after shooting a 62 here back in 2011. Mickelson had never stepped foot on the grounds until this week, but the Arizona State product is confident that his team will be the victorious one on Sunday. Lefty told Golfweek that Tiger was adamant that The Match II be held at the club, giving the ‘visitors’ extra incentive to notch an upset win:
“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down. 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.”
Jenna Laine found that Manning offered a different reason as to why The Match is being held in Florida. He joked that Brady isn’t allowed to leave the state after being arrested for “B&E”, a reference to the mishap in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback entered the wrong home when attempting to visit offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich:
The Match: Champions for Charity Rules And Format
The Match: Champions for Charity will utilize a unique format in which the front nine will be played under best ball rules before shifting to modified alternate shot on the back nine. This means that the first nine holes will be use the score of whichever teammate shot the lowest, while the last nine will see each participant tee off and then alternate shots off the best drive. It is worth noting that Brady and Manning will each receive three strokes on the front nine, one for a Par 3, a Par 4 and Par 5. There are also some unique challenges for the golfers, including using only one club for the entirely of hole No. 5 and a variety of side bets that the participants will be encouraged to engage in to keep things unpredictable and interesting for the duration of the event.