Tiger-Phil Match II: Format, how it works, teams and more
UPDATE: Due to heavy rain in the Hobe Sound, Fla., area, The Match II has been pushed back 40 minutes and will now start at 3:40 p.m. ET on the same networks.
The long-awaited Tiger-Phil Match II is set to tee off from Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. in only a few hours. For fans of matchplay golf, the Match II will look and feel familiar in its format. But organizers have wisely added several wrinkles to help the match’s other two members, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Here’s how the event works, including teams, format and more.
What you need to know about the Match II
The Match II is scheduled to tee off shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET from Tiger Woods’ home course, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will join to form one team, squaring off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady to help raise $10 million for coronavirus relief.
Fans can tune in to watch the action beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on a quartette of Turner broadcast networks, including TBS, TNT, HLN and TruTV. Those who aren’t near a TV can stream the action on TBS.com or TNTdrama.com or on the Bleacher Report mobile app.
Tiger-Phil Match II format, how it works
The Match II will feature the combination of a pair of popular matchplay formats. For the first nine holes, the golfers will play fourball, with Brady and Manning each getting three strokes: one blow each on the hardest par 3, par 4 and par 5 — holes 3, 6 and 8. In fourball, the golfer with the lowest score on the hole wins the hole for their team.
For the final nine holes, the golfers will play a modified alternate shot format. In this format, all four golfers will hit tee shots on every hole. Then, each team will select the tee shot they wish to play the remainder of the hole with. From here, the two teams will play one ball each into the hole, alternating shots with their teammate until the hole is completed.
On the fifth hole, a long par-4, all four golfers will participate in a “one-club challenge.” As the name suggests, all four players will only be permitted to use a single club from tee to green.
Charles Barkley will also participate in the match. Barkley will tee it up with Woods, Mickelson, Manning and Brady for a single hole, “bogey or better” challenge worth $200,000. We don’t yet know which hole Barkley will take the challenge on, but rest assured, his—erm, unconventional—swing will be a must-watch element of the match.