Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth will pair off on Saturday, Dec. 10 for the seventh iteration of The Match. The charity exhibition began in 2018 and has featured golfers, football players, and basketball players, both current and retired. This weekend’s event will take place at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.
Missed the first six versions of these made-for-TV events? We catch you up below on what happened the last four times these made-for-tv golf events took place.
Nov. 23, 2018: ”The Match” Phil Mickelson vs. Tiger Woods
Location: Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, NV
Winner: Phil Mickelson
Mickelson knocked off his longtime rival on the exclusive course just north of the Las Vegas Strip. While the events since have all been for charity, this one was for the cash: Mickelson banked a winner-take-all $9 million, with Tiger getting $1 million for the 22 holes played. Mickelson won 1-up in match play on the fourth extra hole.
May 24, 2020: “The Match 2: Champions for Charity” Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady
Location: The Medalist, Hobe Sound, FL
Winner: Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning
A clutch putt from Woods on 18 sealed the match under extremed darkness due to weather delays. Woods and Manning were 1-Up winners. They also raised over $20 million for COVID-19 relief.
Nov. 27, 2020: ”The Match: Champions for Change” Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley vs. Peyton Manning and Stephen Curry
Location: Stone Canyon Golf Club, Oro Valley, AZ
Winner: Phil Mickelson-Charles Barkley
FIGJAM and The Chuckster closed out the quarterback and the point guard 4 and 3 in a match with plenty of trash talk, but not much drama. They also raised $6.4 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and added four million meals for Feeding America.
July 6, 2021: The Match IV: Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady vs. Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers
Location: The Reserve at Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, Montana
Winner: Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers
Not much doubt about this one, as DeChambeau and Rodgers were in control throughout and finished as 3&2 winners. The gorgeous backdrop of a course at high elevation not often seen also led to DeChambeau hitting a 480-yard drive that was in play, and he didn’t quite get all of it. Though the players were entertaining on the course, the golf itself wasn’t exactly legendary stuff from any of the four participants.
Nov 26, 2021: Bryson DeChambeau vs. Brooks Koepka
Location: Wynn Golf Club
Winner: Brooks Koepka
Brooks-vs-Bryson was the rivalry of the moment in 2021, and Koepka easily came out on top of this one on Black Friday last year, with DeChambeau conceding after just nine holes when the two had been scheduled to play 12. The usual banter was tinged with more underlying distaste than usual, but there was no doubt as Koepka ran away to a 4-and-3 win.
Jun 1, 2022: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers vs. Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes
Location: Wynn Golf Club
The first Match without any pro golfers in the mix, the most recent exhibition pitted the old guard of elite NFL QBs against their successors in a shamble format. The match came down to the last hole, and Rodgers sank the last putt to win it for the old guys. Plenty of age-themed digs were exchanged on the course, and Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson teamed up in the booth.