The Match VI is taking place today and is the sixth iteration of the golf charity event. This exhibition match debuted in 2018 when Tiger Woods took on Phil Mickelson at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the NFL’s best will be on display. Tom Brady will team will Aaron Rodgers to take on Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen at the Wynn Golf Club in Paradise, Nevada. As a reminder, the teams will be 12 holes with a hole win resulting in a point, a tie in half a point and a loss being zero points.
The team of Brady and Rodgers are the narrow favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook with -190 odds. Mahomes and Allen find themselves as rare underdogs installed at +160. Brady will be playing in his third version of The Match having competed in a losing effort in both 2020 and 2021. Rodgers will be playing in this event for the second time. He teamed with Bryson DeChambeau in July of 2021 and was victorious over Phil Mickelson and Brady.
The Match recap: Brady-Rodgers vs. Allen-Mahomes
Final: Brady-Rodgers defeat Allen-Mahomes on 12th hole
Brady’s final drive in regulation hits the green but ends up in the rough. Rodges lands it on the green to the left of the hole. Brady is going to use his mulligan. He hits the target and earns his shot. Unfortunately, it goes right in the water. Allen avoids fans and lands beyond the green in the rough. Mahomes sends his to the water and will use his mulligan. His second attempt lands on the front of the green leaving a long birdie putt if they decide to play his ball.
Allen had an incredible putt from deep to miss by a few inches. Mahomes couldn’t make it so Brady and Rodgers each have a shot at birdie for the win. Brady narrowly misses his. Rodgers nails his putt as #12 secures the win on the 12th hole.
Mahomes calls himself the “JR Smith of putting” referring to his ability to catch a streak either hot or cold.
Charles Barkley wants to make a wager with Rodgers where if Brady/Rodgers loses, Rodgers has to cut off his man bun. If Barkley beats Rodgers in Tahoe on the 18th green, Rodgers will cut his man bun. If Rodgers wins, Barkley will donate $25k to a charity of Rodgers’ choice.
Allen is bringing the mind games and is playing with a goofball that has Tom Brady’s combine photo on it. UPDATE: On the first hole, Brady responded with mind games of his own.
Hole #1: Brady/Rodgers win the hole
Brady begins The Match sprinting in a golf cart across the course trying to make his way from the driving range and chipping hole to get to the first hole. Looked like he was trying to do his best Marshawn Lynch impression when he drove the cart at Cal.
Rodgers gets the action started with a drive down the middle of the fairway. Brady shanks one into the deep rough so they will take Rodgers’ drive. Allen tees off and also finds the deep rough. Mahomes ends the initial shots with a ball down the middle of the fairway and they will likely take that lie.
The first hole came down to putting ability. Rodgers nailed his putt to win the hole and to put the veterans up one point to nothing.
Hole 2: Brady/Rogers win the hole
This is the first par-5 of the course and it could get awkward with the course’s first water hazard.
Brady tees off first and moves people off the right side of the course because he doesn’t want to hit them. He of course screams one to the left in the deep rough so his team will play Rodgers’ drive in the fairway.
Allen and Mahomes did in fact send both their drives to the right side with Allen actually managing to hit a fan on the hand. The lucky (unlucky?) fan was gifted a golf glove from Allen along with an apology. Allen proceeded to hit a fan with his next shot.
The youngsters send their second shots long and can’t recover. Another hole goes to the vets as they are now 2-up.
Hole 3: Allen/Mahomes win their first hole
Brady again starts off sending the drive well left and the team will play Rodger’s drive that bounced back to the fairway. Mahomes launched a drive and all four players have a shot at eagle. The youngsters get in in three and it is down to Brady to see if he can force this hole to be a push.
In one of the rare times in his career, Brady comes up short to give Allen/Mahomes their first hole win of the day. Allen currently has the best dig of the day. When discussing how good Rodgers is at golf, Allen remarks “that’s what happens when you don’t go to OTAs.”
Josh Allen, “this guy is pretty good at golf. That’s what happens when you don’t go to OTAs.” pic.twitter.com/fYxX0Sm840— Edward J (@BourbonAndBeer) June 1, 2022
Hole 4: Draw
Allen puts his drive in the water as Mahomes sails it past the green on the par 3. Brady shorts it but is on the green off the tee. We do have Brady taking the lead with the best trash talk of the round.
Tom Brady: “A little chunky. I call that a little Josh Allen-y.” #thematch— Rachel Hopmayer (@rachelhopmayer) June 1, 2022
The veterans get in the hole in 3. Allen nails the putt off a chip to keep the hole a draw not changing the score.
Hole 5: Allen/Mahomes win the hole
This will be the longest hole of the round as it is a 533 yard par-5. Allen drives and finds the fairway while Mahomes sends one into the crowd. Brady continues heading left, but Rodgers finds the light rough avoiding the water hazard.
Brady and Rodgers follow up by sending both their second shots into the crowd. Allen follows suit, but Mahomes nails the green in two. Brady is hitting his third shot from a different fairway but in true GOAT fashion, puts it on the green for a chance at birdie. Brady and Rodgers both miss their birdie attempts giving Mahomes two shots to win the hole for the youngsters. Mahomes leaves the eagle putt just short, but taps in the birdie to win the hole and tie it up!
Hole 6: Draw
Allen sends one into the crowd and hits his third fan of the day. He throws a football and hits a target to earn a mulligan shot. He overcorrects and sends it to the left in the water. Mahomes at least snuck into the fairway of the par-3. Brady drops his drive right onto the middle of the green. Rodgers also hits the green but is far and to the right.
Brady and Rodgers both missed their birdie putts but easily had par tap-ins, putting the pressure on the youths. Mahomes nailed the par to save the hole and keep things tied at the halfway point.
This Chuck and Josh Allen conversation pic.twitter.com/JytJWzOcwS— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2022
Hole 7: Draw
The seventh hole brings a long drive contest with the caveat that only drives in the fairway are included. Allen shanks his to the right but avoids hitting a fan. Mahomes finds the fairway. Brady and Rodgers followed up Allen to the right and also missed any fans. Mahomes is the long drive winner by default and a $400,000 donation will be made to Feeding America on behalf of Mahomes. He also cracks open his fourth Coors Light of the round heading to his shot.
3 beers deep.. talking some shit.. driving the ball 318 middle of the fairway… Patrick Mahomes is becoming America’s Sweetheart QUICKLY on this golf course #CapitalOnesTheMatch— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 2, 2022
This was an ugly hole that saw the participants appearing on all sides of it and even some surrounding holes. Brady winds up looking at a birdie putt and nearly nails a long put, but gets a gimme par. Allen and Mahomes missed their attempts and this one ends in a draw.
Hole 8: Allen/Mahomes win the hole
The odds have flipped and now Allen/Mahomes is favored to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. Brady has flipped around his hat so he is either channeling his inner Tiger Woods or he is about to try and catch a Pokemon. Allen finally lands on a green on this par-3. Mahomes lands one within 10 feet of the hole. Backwards hat Brady lands on the green and Rodgers drops one in the drink.
Both Brady and Rodgers missed their birdie shots, opening the door for the youngins. Mahomes smokes the putt and the youths take the hole to break the tie!
Hole 9: Draw
Allen finds a fairway, just on the wrong hole. Mahomes pushes his drive well right and is considering the mulligan. Brady finally gets a hold of a drive and drives it right down the middle of the fairway. They don’t even show where Rodgers’ ball went so they will be playing Brady’s drive.
Allen and Mahomes played great with their second shots and both landed on the green. Mahomes actually had his shot roll almost within five feet of the pin, in an absolutely incredible shot. Rodgers responded with a great second shot. When it came to the putts, Rodgers put the pressure on Mahomes who of course sank the putt to not drop the hole.
Hole 10: Brady/Rodgers win the hole
Allen over-drives the green and lands in the bunker right behind the hole. Mahomes sends it into the crowd down the right side of the fairway. Brady also sends his drive to the bunker on the front right of the green. Rodgers put his on the front part of the green.
Neither Brady nor Rodgers sink their eagle attempt, but Rodgers is close. Mahomes and Allen both missed their birdie putts leaving it open for the olds. Brady sinks the putt to force the tie heading into the last two holes.
Hole 11: Draw
Brady tees off first and sends it right down the fairway. Rodgers hits one of the best drives of the day close to the green. Mahomes ends up in the light rough on the left side of the hole, they chose not to show Allen’s drive so they are going with Mahomes’ drive.
Allen’s second shot hits his fourth fan of the day, but the ball bounces onto the green. The competition is heating up down the stretch as all four found their approaches landing on the green with shots at birdie. The live odds have shifted back in favor of the veterans at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Rodgers, Mahomes and Allen missed their birdie attempts and Brady had a chance to give his team the win heading into the final hole. Brady missed it and we are tied going into the final hole in regulation.