Phil vs Tiger 2020

Phil vs Tiger 2020: Champions for Charity goes down on Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. ET at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. The charity event will feature four of the biggest sports games of the last 50 years. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will be on one team, and they will face off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

This represents the second consecutive Sunday that live golf will be on television following last week’s match at Seminole Golf Club featuring Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie

Fowler and Matthew Wolff. Medalist will likely be a bit tougher than what Seminole was without the wind blowing, which could prove problematic for Manning and Brady.

Regardless of the quality of the golf, the cause is a great one. There has been $10 million pledged from WarnerMedia and the golfers themselves with more likely to be raised during the actual

event. That money will go to benefit places like Direct Relief, American Red Cross, Save Small Business, and the ALL In Challenge.

The match will feature interesting one-off competitions like the one-club challenge, which will take place on the fifth hole. Charles Barkley (!) and Justin Thomas (!!) will be involved in the

telecast. Here’s a primer about the rules, format, and more about the event.

It’s not the golf we thought we were going to get to kick-start the summer on the day before Memorial Day, but it’s maybe as good as we could have hoped for after a two-month pause on pro

golf on the PGA Tour. It also might be a harbinger for Woods and Mickelson as they execute busy schedules over the course of the rest of 2020, which will feature three major championships

and a Ryder Cup.

And for the second straight week, a lump sum in the millions will be raised for a terrific cause as Woods, Mickelson, Brady, and Manning do their part to help defeat the virus that has created

the weirdest season of professional sports (and culture) of any of our lifetimes.

Four sports legends will tee it up this weekend as Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning team up to face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club in The Match: Champions for Charity.

The four icons of their respective sports will be competing in an 18-hole golf match on Sunday to raise money to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Woods and Mickelson are obviously all-time greats on the course, while Manning and Brady — who thrived on a different kind of turf — have golf games that should be able to stand up against

the tough test of Medalist beginning at 3 p.m. ET on TNT.

Let’s take a look at what this match means and what Sunday is going to look like as we get live golf for the second Sunday in as many weeks with 28 championships (majors and Super Bowls)

represented in this unique foursome.

How ‘The Match’ developed
The Woods-Mickelson match-play event has a (brief) history. The duo squared off in Las Vegas back in November 2018 for $9 million. They never really closed the door on running it back after

Mickelson took that iteration (and the cash) in extra holes. The opportunity to play it again and raise some money for charity during this pandemic presented itself, and they took it. Mickelson

addressed this recently on the Dan Patrick Show.

“[Producer] Bryan Zuriff and I were the ones who came up with the idea years ago and brought it to CAA and had it developed before we even brought it to Tiger,” said Mickelson. “He has a

very creative mind and thought the interaction between two other players was going to be an important part of improving our match. When Tiger and I came down the stretch in Vegas, we

clammed up. We didn’t talk. We didn’t communicate. We tightened up.”

That’s part of why Brady and Manning are involved (along with their star power) as caddies will not be present so all pick-up interaction will only be between the four golfers (well, two

football players and two golfers).

What’s at stake?
None of the four will walk away with any cash this time, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot on the line. WarnerMedia and the golfers will collectively make a charitable donation of $10

million to benefit entities such as Direct Relief, the American Red Cross, Save Small Business, and the ALL IN Challenge (an initiative provides food to those in need). More money will be raised

during the actual event as viewers donate and will have the ability to enter live raffles featuring experiences with all four men at a later date.

So the $10 million serves as a baseline for how much will be raised on Sunday with even more than that expected when everything is said and done.

“This is different than what Phil and I did two years ago,” Woods said. “That was he and I just having a great time, trying to showcase golf in a different way. We’re coming together to showcase

golf in a different way, but it’s about charity. That’s the reason why we’re all doing this.”

Match format
The event will be match play, and the front nine will be the best ball. Here’s an example of how that works. If Manning, Brady, and Woods all make par at No. 1 but Mickelson makes a birdie, the

The Mickelson-Brady team is 1 up. Manning and Brady receive one stroke each on No. 3, No. 6 and No. 8 per their handicaps, and that’s how the front nine will be played.

One wrinkle is a one-club challenge on No. 5 — a par 4 — in which golfers must choose one club to play the entire hole with (including putting!). I’m excited about that because it gives us a

genuine look at how skilled players like Woods and Mickelson are when faced with adversity. In the point-and-shoot world of professional golf, we often don’t get to see the extreme

creativity they possess, which a 30-yard chip shot with a 4-iron can disclose.

The back nine is where it gets intriguing. It’s a modified alternate-shot format, which means that everybody tees off but after that you have to alternate. So one golfer’s drive will be chosen, and

then the teammates — Brady and Mickelson, for example — will alternate shots until they hole out and move on to the next hole. The quarterbacks will not be teeing off from the same tee boxes

as Woods and Mickelson.

The odds
Woods and Manning are -190, while Mickelson and Brady are +170. This is probably the right call as Manning is a bit better than Brady, and Woods — when healthy! — is better than Mickelson

at this point in their careers (and at every point in their careers).

Medalist course rundown
Medalist is a monster that has, at various times, ranked among the hardest courses in the country. When architect Bobby Weed renovated the Pete Dye-Greg Norman course, he put in place

five “Tiger tees,” which are used by the pros (like Woods) that play it as their home course.

“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson told Golfweek. “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.”

This makes the track 7,500 yards (although not for Manning and Brady) and an absolute beast coming home. Here’s how to tour pro-Jamie Lovemark describes the 18th hole.