Golf will be high on the agenda for every sports fan again this weekend, and with no disrespect to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolf, this match is a little more intriguing. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson got head-to-head once again, but are this time joined by NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
The format will add plenty of excitement to the event, the front nine holes will be a four-ball, the majority of golf players will know as best ball. Each team member will play their own ball, and the lowest score out of the two players will be the teams score for that hole, with the lowest team score winning the hole. Given Woods and Mickelson are great of the game, it’s only fair there’s some form of handicap. Brady and Manning will get three strokes on the front-nine, one on a par 3, one on a par 4 and one on a part 5. The format is dramatically different on the back nine, the teams will play a modified alternate shot, which some will know as the Pinehurst format. Each team member will hit one from the tee, then will then select the best tee shot, and then take alternate shots. There’s no handicap for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in this format.
Alongside WarnerMedia, the players will be making a $10 million donation to COVID-19 relief. The Match is also in partnership with various other charities, and there will be various other challenges to raise money during the day.
As for the betting on The Match, Tiger Wood and Peyton Manning are the overwhelming favorites to win, online bookmakers have them at -200, which implies a 67% chance of being victorious. However, the majority of bettors have opted to back Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at +180 (36% chance). Just over 70% of all best on the event have been on Mickelson and Brady.
Online bookmakers are offering various specials on the event including the chance of a hole in one, Draftkings have set the price at +5000, which implies there’s a 2% chance of this happening. There will be plenty of speculation around the golfing ability of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and fans will be quick to make assumptions following the first hole. Draftkings currently have Tom Brady at +1100 to make a birdie on the first and Payton Manning at +900.