Tiger vs. Phil II includes Manning and Brady—and, yes, there are odds

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Ricky Dimon

NFL · 2 years ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

Two years after playing “The Match,” a one-on-one exhibition event, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be at it again.

And this time they have playing partners.

Sometime in May, when golf is still on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, another Woods vs. Mickelson exhibition event will take place…with a twist. To be exact, it is Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Mickelson and Tom Brady. There will be no fans at whatever the host site is (likely somewhere in Florida and perhaps during Memorial Day weekend), of course, but the 18-hole contest will be broadcast on TNT and raise money for charity. It is officially called “The Match: Champions for Charity.”

Mickelson took to Twitter expressing his thoughts on the upcoming festivities: “After feeling the sting of defeat the first time around, Looks like @TigerWoods is bringing a ringer to The Match (#PeytonManning)”. He then referenced his choice of Brady by using a goat emoji, before asking if the contestants were “ready to hit bombs?” using a bomb emoji.

“I wish I could say more,” Mickelson’s agent, Steve Loy, told ESPN,“other than four Hall of Famers competing and creating tremendous value and awareness to help others in need for this all-in charity event.”

“To have a chance to have a major fundraising event for COVID-19 relief, almost like a telethon, if you will…,” Manning noted. “If that can take place, I’m all in for that.”

Sports fan will likely be all in, as well, in part because it provides a much-needed source of betting in a time when there is just about nothing else going on. Sure, the NFL Draft is this week—and that should make for a bonanza of entertainment and wagers. But other than that, the pickings are slim.

Woods and Manning are -200 favorites to win the match, while Mickelson and Brady are +160 underdogs.

Woods is a -130 favorite to make more birdies than Mickelson (the lefty is -110).

A playoff being needed to decide the winning team is +250 (no playoff is -300).

Holes No. 18 needing to be played is -130 (No. 18 not being necessary is -110).

A hole in one by any of the four competitors is +950 (no hole in one is -3500).

Woods is -300 to wear a red shit (wearing a shirt other than red is +200).

In the 2018 one-on-one showdown, Mickelson defeated Woods in Las Vegas the day after Thanksgiving. The pay-per-view streaming features plenty of technological glitches, but there was no glitch in the $9 million payout that went to Mickelson.

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