- The Match 3 tees off on Friday at 3:00 PM ET
- You can watch on TNT, B/R Live and B/R App
- Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry are favored at -170
- Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley are underdogs at +133
- The proceeds go to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
The third edition of The Match Golf is titled “The Match: Champions for Change”, and it’ll tee off on Friday, November 27th. The Match was started by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in November 2018. The two played in Nevada for a total of $9 million. That was won by Mickelson after 22 holes of play. In May 2020, Woods and Mickelson went at it again, this time for charity as the COVID-19 pandemic was picking up steam. This time in Florida, they paired up with a pair of legendary NFL quarterbacks. Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning, and Mickelson went with Tom Brady for The Match 2. After a very slow start, particularly by Brady, the match wound up being very close with Woods and Manning winning by only one hole. That being said, Brady supplied the highlight of the round.
For this edition of The Match Golf, Woods has stepped aside. However, Mickelson is back, as well as Manning. Who will join them? Two NBA stars have decided to tee it up for charity (supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
We have all the information you need for the third edition of The Match Golf, including odds from the BetOnline sportsbook and where to watch. Read on for more!
How To Watch The Match Golf
If you are in the United States, you can watch The Match 3 on TNT, where the pre-show will start at 2:00 PM ET with two-time Super Bowl champion (and Peyton’s brother), Eli Manning and LPGA star Michelle Wie. The match itself tees off at 3:00 PM ET, also on TNT.
You can also stream it on Watch TNT, B/R Live and B/R App, both of which are Bleacher Report properties.
Who Are Competing In The Third Edition of The Match Golf?
Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning (-165)
Former NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has stepped up to play with Manning, who is the de facto defending champion at this event. Manning did well to keep up with the pros at the last Match. It showed that he definitely plays a lot of golf, stuffing an iron to three feet on the 16th hole. He’ll be joined by Curry, who missed the cut at the Ellie Mae Classic on the Korn Ferry (then Web.com) Tour in 2018. Curry shot an opening-round 71, but was felled by an 86 the next day. Still, that’s encouraging from someone who isn’t a pro golfer.
Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley (+129)
Mickelson, of course, is a five-time major winner (three-time Masters winner) and one of the greatest players of all time. But he is the golf betting underdog for this match simply because of his partner. The Charles Barkley golf swing has received a lot of attention for being, well, in the words of Barkley (a former MVP in his own right) himself, “turrible”. He seems to have gotten rid of the hitch that he would get in his downswing. But it might pop back up as the pressure mounts in this match. Mickelson is going to have to do some heavy lifting. However, he did that with Brady in May until the Tampa Bay quarterback turned things around.
That being said, Barkley was involved in the second Match as an announcer, where he and Brady threw some quips back and forth. Also, he participated in the “Bogey or Better” challenge, in which Barkley had to get a bogey or better on the 18th hole at Medalist Golf Club. He was even coached by Justin Thomas, a top-five player in the world and a member at Medalist. See how he did below:
This event will be played at Stone Canyon Club in Tuscon, Arizona. It was purchased by Mickelson and others in 2014 (which is fair, as The Match 2 was played at Woods’ home club, Medalist). It is a par-72 that plays 7,317 yards from the tips. Mickelson said that they actually have “Chuck Tees” for Barkley that are up further, which might be a joke, but it also might not be if you’ve ever seen Barkley play golf.
There will be a couple holes to keep an eye on. You have the par-3 sixth, which can be from 125 to 145 yards. It plays uphill and also has a 60-foot waterfall that goes down the left side of the green. The finishing stretch should be fun as well, starting with a 237-yard par-3, followed by a 306-yard par-4 that is absolutely drivable, especially for Mickelson and possibly, Curry. Finally, there is the par-5 18th hole, which is 503 yards from the back tees. The players should be able to get there in two with a good drive (except for Barkley, of course).
Stone Canyon also has a 19th hole, which will be in play if there is a tie after 18 holes. It is 107 yards, but it is a daunting 107 yards. Hopefully, the players have a go at it for charity’s sake. A “Closest to the Hole” contest would be great on a hole like that.
Look, Mickelson is one of the greatest golf players of all time. However, the format is different from the usual for The Match. That was straight match play in the first edition, then it was four-balls and Modified Alternate Stroke for the second edition. In this edition, the players will use the Pinehurst format. Here, each player will tee off, but then switch shots off the tee. For example, Mickelson and Barkley will tee off, then Mickelson will hit Barkley’s drive, and vice versa. Then, the teams will decide which ball to play for their third shot. That’s interesting as Barkley should be able to get a good shot off Mickelson’s drive. That said, who knows where Mickelson is going to be hitting from.
Long story short, Mickelson is going to have to carry this team. Even though it is for charity (the second edition, anyway), we’ve seen in both editions of The Match that the competitive juices really start to flow on the back nine. All of these players are world-class athletes that do not want to lose. However, Curry and Manning are really good golfers and should be able to walk away with a relatively easy win, unless Mickelson pulls off something extraordinary, which there is definitely a chance of. But I’m making my real money sports bet on the favored team of Manning and Curry.
The Match Golf Pick: Manning and Curry (-165)
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