The Match III Turns Into Brutal Watch as Mickelson, Barkley Cruise

In what turned out to be a somewhat brutal watch, Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley dominated Peyton Manning and Steph Curry in The Match: Champions for Change on Friday afternoon at Stone Canyon in Arizona. 

The Match raised millions of dollars for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Phil Mickelson

The Match featured more players hitting shots out of trees and around cactuses then one might care to watch. 

Curry, Manning and Mickelson all played from the same tees, while Barkley played from tees that were anywhere from 60-100 yards ahead of them, at times.

Curry and Manning, who were favored, each hit some good shots here and there, but could not put anything together. 

Meanwhile, Mickelson and Barkley rolled as Mickelson was able to make up for a lot of his mistakes. 

It will be interesting to see if they go back to having a pro on each team to help things along.

The Match 

The format of the match was modified alternate shot. Meaning each player would hit a drive and then the teams would select the best one and play alternate shot from there. 

Curry and Manning jumped out to a one-up lead after the first hole, but from there, it was all Mickelson and Barkley. 

The duo won the next four holes to go three-up, and then went four-up on the seventh hole. 

The Match was never competitive after that. 

Curry and Manning got it back to three-up on a couple of occasions, but never really threatened. 

Nor did it feel like they had a chance to threaten. 

On one of the par 5’s, Curry put his second shot over the green and into the back bunker in two. Manning then skulled it right back down off the green.

Situations like that happened throughout the match, making it tough to watch.

Mickelson and Barkley closed it out on the 15th hole.

Mickelson Mic’d Up = Gold 

One positive that came out of the Match was Mickelson being mic’d up. 

It was fascinating to hear him coach Barkley and explain putts and club choice etc… 

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