The Thanksgiving weekend brings plenty of sports, with the NFL, college football, and college basketball keeping us plenty busy all weekend. This year, however, we get an additional special event. The golf world will get some time in the spotlight on Friday when The Match 3 takes place at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Arizona.
How to watch on TV & via live online stream
The event will take place on Friday, November 27th. The golfers will tee off at 3 p.m. ET and the event will broadcast on TNT. Live streaming will be available on Watch TNT and there will be additional streaming through Bleacher Report and the B/R app.
Brian Anderson will serve as the event’s host and provide play-by-play. He will be joined by Trevor Immelman and Andre Iguodala in the booth. Cheyenne Woods and Gary McCord will serve as on-course reporters. There will be special guests before and during the event, with Peyton’s brother Eli joining LPGA star Michelle Wie in a pre-game show.
What format will be used
The golfers will be playing a modified alternate shot format. This will have all four players hitting tee shots and then swapping balls for their second shot. So, after Mickelson, Barkley, Curry, and Manning tee off, Mickelson will use Barkley’s spot for his second shot, Barkley will use Mickelson’s, Curry will use Manning’s, and Manning will use Curry’s. After the second shot, the team will decide who will play the third based on the best lie of the second shot.
Charles Barkley is not the greatest golfer, with a herky-jerky swing that pains even the most average of amateur golfers. Given Phil Mickelson is the only pro golfer involved, it makes sense that he is paired with Barkley as a handicap of sorts.
However, the contest will provide a bit of help to Barkley. Earlier this month, Mickelson said that Barkley will be playing on closer tees to make up for the handicap his swing brings.
This third iteration of the golf special event will feature Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley taking on Stephen Curry and Peyton in modified alternate shot match play. Proceeds from this event will primarily benefit Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCUs that stand to benefit include Morehouse College, Howard University, Alabama A&M, Hampton University, Winston-Salem State University Grambling State, Jackson State, Lane College, Southern University, and Tuskegee University.
There will be various on-course challenges to go along with money raised throughout the event. Most notable, holes will offer between $100,000 and $2.5 million if a golfer is able to make a hole-in-one.
It’s not entirely clear how much money will be raised, but The Match 2 raised over $20 million for Covid-19 relief efforts.