As Memorial Day rolls around this weekend, it will bring what figures to be a hugely popular made-for-TV golf match with superstars from both professional golf and football!
Sunday, May 24 at 12 p.m. PST will see The Match: Champions for charity featuring Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning taking on the team of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady from the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.
The Match will be televised on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN.
The match-play format will be four-ball on the front nine, with Manning and Brady getting three handicap strokes over the nine. On the back nine, the teams will play a Modified Alternate Shot.
In four-ball each player will play his own ball through the hole and the lowest score wins the hole. In the modified alternate shot, all four players will tee off, which each team selecting the drive they want, then will alternate shots from that spot.
In addition to the $10 million donation from sponsors, there will be several on-course challenges for the golfers to help raise funds for COVID-19 relief. They are as follows:
*Capital One Challenge for $250,000 – on the 5th hole the players will use a single club of their choice for all shots, with the winner generating a $250,000 donation.
* Michelob ULTRA Hole-in-one challenge – On No. 8 or No. 16 a donation of $25 million will be made if any golfer gets a hole-in-one on either hole. A minimum donation of $250,000 will be made if there is no ace.
*Progressive Insurance Closest to the Hole Challenge for up to $2 million – On holes 4 and 12, a donation of up to $1 million per hole will be made based on how close the players are able to land their tee shots. A minimum total donation of $250,000 will be made regardless of the result.
*Audi Long Drive for $500,000 – On No. 3 the longest drive between Woods and Mickelson, will account for a $250,000 donation. On No. 15 it will be the longest drive between Manning and Brady will earn the $250,000 donation.
Of course, all the players will be wearing a mic, in what figures to be an entertaining round with Woods and Mickelson being two of the best talkers on the PGA Tour.
Adding to the entertainment will be Charles Barkley as one of the analysts, as well as having PGA Tour member Justin Thomas joining Amanda Balionis as the on-course reporters.
By Dennis Miller