Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s first tee shots at Medalist were hard to watch

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were both forced to head into the wilderness to find their first tee shots.

Every golfer, at some point in their life, has struggled with first-tee jitters. But not every golfer has struggled with first-tee jitters in front of a national television audience.

On the first tee of the Match II at Medalist Golf Club Sunday, both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning showed their nerves. After a lengthy introduction from Samuel L. Jackson, Brady and Manning each stepped up to the tee and promptly hit hooks into the wilderness.

First, to social media’s chagrin. Brady took a long, wristy swing and hooked his shot into a puddle.

Then, Manning stepped up to the tee and one-upped his former AFC foe. Peyton smashed his driver well into the trees and was forced to take an unplayable.

The quick, nervy swings certainly weren’t the start the pair of Hall of Fame quarterbacks had planned for their rounds. But fortunately for both, their mistakes did no harm. Phil and Tiger halved the 1st hole, giving their teammates some time to ease into the round.

Through three holes, Woods and Manning are 1 up.

James Colgan Editor

James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from. He can be reached at