Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a made-for-TV match with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in May.
Woods and Mickelson will be joined by All-Pro quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a made-for-television round that will air on TNT on May 24, according to The Action Network’s Darren Rovell. While a location has yet to be finalized, it is expected to take place at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, close to Woods’ home in Jupiter.
Although the exact format has yet to be announced, Woods is expected to be paired with Manning against the team of Mickelson and Brady. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.
Woods and Mickelson took part in the first edition of The Match on Thanksgiving weekend in 2018. Mickelson won the event in extra holes, pocketing $9 million and bragging rights over his long-time rival. That exhibition, however, was beset by difficulties: errors in pay-per-view processing forced the organizers to offer it for free, the promised high-stakes side action petered out after a few holes, and neither Woods nor Mickelson played particularly well.
Brady and Manning may be straying from their regular sport, but they’re not strangers to big golf events. Both have played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in recent years. Manning finished in a tie for ninth with partner Luke Donald in February.
Manning is retired, but the other three players are currently sitting idle waiting for the opportunity to play again. Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, where he will be joined by former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski. Mickelson hasn’t played since the Players Championship on March 12, an event that was canceled after the opening round due to the pandemic. Woods, meanwhile, last played a competitive event in February.
The PGA Tour has announced that it hopes to resume the 2020 season on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. Three major championships have already been pushed back to later in the year, while the Open Championship was canceled for the first time since World War II. The first four events, at least, will take place without fans in attendance.
Until the PGA Tour and sports in general are able to return, golf fans have the consolation that they’ll be able to watch four iconic athletics play next month. It’s not an official event, but with sports off television for the past month, at least it will be a welcome change.