Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match with NFL stars might elevate $10M for coronavirus reduction

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The aim is to boost $10 million or extra for COVID-19 reduction efforts, and supply leisure with 4 of the most important stars from the PGA Tour and NFL.

One other enchantment to the Sunday made-for-TV exhibition, “The Match: Champions for Charity,” is an opportunity to see Tiger Woods swing a golf membership for the primary time in 98 days.

Reside golf is on tv for the second straight Sunday, this one with the sport’s largest headliner.


Woods was final seen on tv Feb. 16 on the Genesis Invitational, the place he moved cautiously in California’s chilly late winter climate and posted weekend rounds of 76-77 to complete final among the many 68 gamers who made the reduce at Riviera.

He skipped a World Golf Championship in Mexico Metropolis, and mentioned his surgically repaired again wasn’t fairly prepared in sitting out the opening three weeks of the Florida swing. After which the pandemic took over, and there was no place to play.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the primary gap of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course throughout the last spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open golf match Sunday Jan. 26, 2020, in San Diego. (Related Press)

This can be a affordable begin. Woods and retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, who received six Tremendous Bowls with the New England Patriots and signed this 12 months with Tampa Bay.

The match might be at Medalist Golf Membership in Hobe Sound, Florida. It’s Woods’ dwelling course and about 20 minutes from Seminole, the place final week Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff ushered golf’s return to reside tv.

What to make of Woods?

His solely interviews had been with GolfTV, the Discovery-owned channel with whom Woods has a monetary deal, and a playful Zoom name with the opposite match individuals hosted by Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports activities, which is televising the match.

He described his well being within the April 9 interview with GolfTV as “evening and day.”

“I really feel rather a lot higher than I did then,” Woods mentioned. “I have been in a position to flip a adverse right into a constructive and been in a position to practice rather a lot and get my physique to the place I feel it ought to be.”

Mickelson has missed the reduce in 4 of his 5 tournaments this 12 months — the exception was third place at Pebble Seashore, the place he began the ultimate spherical one shot behind Nick Taylor and closed with a 75.

Identical to final week, rust is to be anticipated for gamers who have not competed in two months — three, within the case of Woods.

Manning, in the meantime, is retired and is a golf junkie. Brady stays employed, and this week received in some casual work along with his new teammates in Tampa Bay.

No followers might be allowed, identical to final week at Seminole. One distinction is the gamers might be in their very own carts, whereas the 4 PGA Tour gamers final week carried their baggage.

However that is as a lot about leisure as competitors.

It is the second version of a match between Woods and Mickelson, the dominant gamers of their technology and rivals by identify, however not essentially by document. Woods has 82 profession victories to 44 for Mickelson, leads 15-5 in main championships and 11-Zero in successful PGA Tour participant of the 12 months.

Mickelson received their first made-for-TV match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, a pay-per-view occasion that bumped into technical issues and was free for all. Lefty received in a playoff below the lights for $9 million in a winner-take-all match.

He additionally has a 5-3-1 benefit over Woods within the 9 instances they’ve performed within the last spherical on the PGA Tour, most not too long ago within the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am in 2012 when Mickelson shot 64 to a 75 for Woods.

He additionally stopped two streaks. Woods was going for his seventh straight PGA Tour victory when Mickelson beat him at Torrey Pines in 2000. Later that 12 months, Woods had received 19 consecutive instances on the PGA Tour when he had at the least a share of the 54-hole lead till Mickelson beat him on the Tour Championship.


Woods, nevertheless, captured the streak that mattered, holding off Mickelson within the last group on the Masters in 2001 to carry all 4 skilled majors on the identical time.

The banter was missing in Las Vegas, and maybe having Manning and Brady will change the dynamics. The published consists of Charles Barkley offering commentary and Justin Thomas, whom Woods has embraced, on the course as a reporter in his tv debut.

After this exhibition, golf has two weeks earlier than the PGA Tour is about to return at Colonial in Fort Value, Texas. Mickelson plans to play. Woods has not mentioned when he’ll return.

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