Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning versus Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady finally has a date and a destination.
Turner Sports, after weeks of unending speculation, finally unveiled the plan for “The Match: Champions for Charity” on Thursday.
As previously touted by both Woods and Mickelson, the 18-hole match will showcase Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. A total of $10 million will be donated to COVID-19 relief via WarnerMedia and the four golfers.
Speculation here and everywhere else had the match at The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fl. And that indeed will be the stage.
Woods may have the local course knowledge. The Medalist is where he plays and practices on a regular basis when he’s at home in his palatial digs on nearby Jupiter Island.
The format will be four-ball for the front nine and modified alternate shot for the back nine. Additional funds for charity will be raised with various on-course challenges, and players will be mic’d up so they can communicate with announcers live on the broadcast.
The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. (EDT) start on Sunday, May 24. The action will be carried by Turner on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN. The Bleacher Report app will add pre-round coverage.
In the four-ball portion, the teams will use the best score of the two men on each team. In the modified alternate shot portion, both players on a two-man team hit their drives, they choose the best one and play alternate shot from that point.
Additional funds for charity will be raised with various on-course challenges, and players will be mic’d up so they can communicate with announcers live on the broadcast.
The match was supposed to be the first real golf since The Players was canceled but Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff beat those guys to the punch.
McIlroy and Johnson, the current and former world’s No. 1 players, will take on Fowler and Wolff in a charity fundraiser at the ocean-side Donald Ross gem — Seminole Golf Club on Sunday, May 17. That will be broadcast from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on NBC. The novelty there is that the four tour players will carry their own clubs, no caddies.
You can bet that Woods and Mickelson won’t be carrying their own clubs in their match.