Eight Super Bowl Rings and 20 Major Championships will all be competing to raise money for COVID-19 relief Memorial Day Weekend at Tiger Woods’ home course in Florida.
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson are teeing off at 2 p.m. EST at Medalist Golf Club in Hope Sound, Fla. for “The Match: Champions for Charity.”
According to the PGA Tour, $10 million will be donated to COVID-19 relief. Brady and Mickelson will pair up to face off against Woods and Manning. The event will be simulcasted on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN.
In an announcement video hosted by Ernie Johnson, Brady started off with a jab at Manning saying “I actually thought I was gonna be Tiger’s partner, but then Peyton’s dad called and switched the teams.”
Manning fired back joking how the match has to be in Florida, Brady’s new home, because Brady’s “B and E” arrest and how Manning “talked to the sheriff” and Brady “couldn’t leave the state.”
Sorry not sorry… pic.twitter.com/qSbYVsHXVz
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 7, 2020
Brady did not face any charges for walking in the wrong house when looking for Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s residence.
Mickelson was quick to remind everyone that in the original “The Match” in 2018 between him and Woods, Mickelson won $9 million and he knows Woods is “ticked off” about the loss because he wanted a “rematch on his home course.”
Let the trash talk begin. ?
The Tiger vs. Phil rivalry continues. pic.twitter.com/XcaHH2kTsf
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 7, 2020
Manning mentioned how this is a rare opportunity to compete with Brady on the golf course, as they have been partners before, but they each upgraded this time with a green jacket on each of their teams.
Johnson brought up how there is a hunger for live sports during the pandemic. As much as I like the KBO on ESPN, this will be amazing. Woods added that sports are “the ultimate reality show” because we don’t know the outcome and he misses competing and misses watching his friends competing.
I like watching my friends compete, too, but his friends are the professionals that we are merely fans of.
Brady said the “ability to do good and help others is the core of what (“The Match”) is all about.”
Sports are an escape from life, and coronavirus has taken our “escape” away from us. Whether it be Mike Piazza’s home run after 9/11, the Saints heroics after Hurricane Katrina, David Ortiz’s “F-bomb” after the Marathon Bombings, or any other tragic events, fans can turn to sports to distract themselves from the harsh world we live in. Memorial Day Weekend may not consist of the Stanley Cup Playoffs or MLB games with stars and stripes on their uniforms, but we will get four of the best athletes in the world having fun and competing, live!
The full interview and announcement can be found on the Bleacher Report App.