“The Match 2020” is the next golf event in our lives as sports tries to mount a slow comeback in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson staged the first edition of the event in November 2018, when Mickelson won the winner-take-all $9 million purse after 22 holes.
This event is different as it is being billed as “The Match: Champions for Charity”, and this is for a much better cause than lining the pockets of the athletes. $10 million will be donated to COVID-19 relief, with extra wagers taking place during the round to increase that total. Woods and Mickelson also picked up a partner for their rematch as Woods will be paired with Peyton Manning, while
Mickelson will tee off with Tom Brady. Manning and Brady, of course, are well-known for their rivalry in the NFL that spanned 15 years; Brady was 11-6 against Manning, but Manning was 3-2 against Brady in the postseason. Their rivalry is very similar to how Woods and Mickelson’s rivalry has played out through the years. Between the four athletes, there are 20 major golf championships (including eight Masters wins) and eight Super Bowl wins.
- Sunday, May 24, 2020
- Tees off at 3:00 PM ET
- Will be shown on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN
- Woods/Manning (-225) vs. Mickelson/Brady (+170)
This match tees off at 3:00 PM ET on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN, with no spectators. However, Brian Anderson will host the event, along with Charles Barkley (well known for being terrible at golf) and Trevor Immelman, who won the Master in 2008. Justin Thomas and Amanda Balionis will be the on-course reporters. The event will be played at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, which is actually Woods’ home club, which is why his team goes off as the sports betting favorites for this event. We should also note that the format features a front nine of four-ball play, and then the back nine is a modified alternate-shot scenario where all four players tee off, and then the team will pick the best options, and then alternate shots.
Here is a look at just three of the many props you can bet on. All odds courtesy of Bovada.
- Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning (-225)
- Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady (+170)
Woods and Mickelson could play to a draw themselves, even on Woods’ home course. The key to this golf betting matchup for “The Match 2020” will be the quarterbacks. Manning is reported to be a 6-handicap and has been retired since 2015, so he has played a fair amount of golf in the last five years. He is a regular at pro-am events and surely has been working on his game. Brady is still playing football at a high level at age 42 (he is about 18 months older than Manning), but he is still an impressive 8-handicap.
Brady also made waves in the offseason by leaving New England after 20 years to sign with Tampa Bay. How much golf has he played recently? You might want to lean with the favorites in the overall head-to-head, unless Mickelson carries the underdogs.
Hole on Which The Match Will Be Won
- 14th hole or earlier (+275)
- Holes 15-17 (+115)
- 18th Hole or Extra Holes (+175)
The value bet is the 14th hole or earlier prop, but Mickelson might be able to keep the ship steady while Brady gets his swing in shape, so they could make a run on the back nine to make it interesting. Also, you have to think that these four would like to extend the match, simply for television purposes (although they’re also extremely competitive and a blowout would give someone huge bragging rights). After Woods and Mickelson went to extra holes in the first match, so that is in play, but the smart money is on someone taking control down the stretch and ending it before we get to the 18th.
Closest To The Pin
There are four par-3s at Medalist: holes 4, 8, 12 and 16. There hasn’t been a report on what tees these four will be playing on, so that will be something to watch for. Manning is favored at -165 to hit better tee shots on all four par-3s over Brady, who is listed at +125 for all four.
Yes, Manning has the better handicap and has probably played more recently. But Brady is wildly competitive and he’ll pull out the win on at least one of these holes, and I would bet on a split of the par-3s at “The Match 2020”.