As Memorial Day weekend approaches, American life remains upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no NBA or NHL playoffs this weekend, no hot dogs at the nearest MLB ballpark, and, well, you know the routine by now. The masterful 10-part Michael Jordan/Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance, plus the NFL Draft and a trio of recent UFC events, allowed scores of Americans to take refuge for a while in sports and the spirit of competition.
If you haven’t heard, more sports salvation will arrive on Sunday, May 24 — an unusual but compelling 2-on-2 mixed-format charity golf competition involving four of the greatest athletes of our time: golf legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who are pairing with NFL greats Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively. (A full Tiger vs. Phil betting breakdown and overview of the competition format is available here.)
Capital One’s “The Match: Champions for Charity” will deliver a combined $10 million contribution from the four athletes and WarnerMedia, with additional fundraising efforts occurring during the telecast. The golfers will each be fitted with open mics, so we should get to enjoy some quality trash-talk as well.
At the time of this writing, the oddsmakers favor the Woods/Manning team over Mickelson/Brady, with prices ranging from -200 at PointBet Sportsbook to -225 at BetRivers, and from +184 at FanDuel Sportsbook for the underdogs to +160 at BetMGM. And there are loads of props to bet. (Shop around in your home state accordingly.)
How do these legendary pairings stack up? Check out a variety of key categories in our Tale of the Tape.
Tiger and Manning vs. Phil and Brady: Tale of the Tape
Champions for Charity details:
- Date: Sunday, May 24, 2020
- Broadcast: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN
- Time: Coverage starts at 2 p.m. ET
- Course: The Medalist Golf Club Location: Hobe Sound, Fla.
- Format: Best Ball (Front 9), Modified Alternate-Shot (Back 9)
- Sponsors: Capital One, Turner Sports