Woods/Manning Hold Off Brady/Mickelson in Charity Match
In the pouring rain, Tiger Woods and NFL legend Peyton Manning held off a furious rally from Phil Mickelson and former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to win the Champions for Charity match on Sunday afternoon at The Medalist Golf Club in Florida.
“What a job by Peyton. Thanks for helping me beat Phil Mickelson this time around. Tom Brady showed p too. What a fund day for an even better cause,” tweeted Woods after the round.
The charity match raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief.
“Congrats to Tiger Woods and Peyton for a hard fought victory and thanks to Phil Mickelson for coaching your Boy, and keeping us in it. Now, back to my day job,” tweeted Brady.
Woods & Manning Hold On
Woods and Manning held a commanding three-up lead through nine holes and the match appeared to be over.
Brady was atrocious for just about all of the front nine and Mickelson struggled to carry the team, while Woods and Manning click right from the start and the back nine was set to be alternate shot.
Everything changed when Mickelson drove the green on the par-4 11th hole and then Brady knocked in the eagle to cut the lead to two-up.
On the 14th hole, Manning would watch a three-foot par putt slide by and then all of a sudden, Brady and Mickelson were just one up.
On the 16th hole, both Brady and Mickelson stuck their tee shots inside ten feet, only to watch Manning answer with a tee shot that landed and then rolled to inside three feet.
Both teams made birdie to keep the match one up in favor of Team Tiger.
The teams halved the 17th hole with Mickelson making a big putt from about seven or eight feet.
On the 18th hole, Manning put his second shot on the green, but it was at least 40 feet away from the cup, while Brady put his second shot just off the green.
Mickelson’s chip came up about four feet short of the cup, while Woods nearly holed the 40 footer, leaving it just inches short to seal the match.