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The Match II: A close-up of Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning
Tiger Woods (left) and Peyton Manning frequently play as pro-am partners before PGA Tour events, so they should enjoy some level of familiarity during Sunday's benefit match against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

The worlds of golf and football (and basketball, if you want to include commentator Charles Barkley) will collide Sunday with an all-star match designed for coronavirus relief but built on rivalries

What: Officially known as The Match: Champions for Charity
Who: PGA Tour stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, with NFL icons Peyton Manning (Woods’ partner) and Tom Brady (Mickelson’s partner)
When: 3 p.m. ET Sunday, May 24
Where: Medalist Golf Club, Hobe Sound, Fla.
Why: To raise money for coronavirus relief, with an initial $10 million to be donated and contributions encouraged from viewers and auction purchases with the “All in Challenge”
Format: 18 holes of match play. Four-balls, aka better ball, on the front nine (each amateur receives three handicap strokes: one each on a par 3, a par 4 and a par 5) before modified alternate shot on the back nine (each player hits tee shot, then one ball is selected and play alternates until ball is holed)
TV: Simulcast on TNT, TBS, truTV and Headline News, and streamed on fuboTV
Odds: Woods and Manning are -190 favorites (bet $190 to win $100), according to British oddsmaker William Hill. Mickelson and Brady are +170 underdogs (bet $100 to win $170)
On-air talent: Brian Anderson will host, with commentary from Charles Barkley and Trevor Immelman and on-course reporting from Amanda Balionis and Justin Thomas. All four players will be mic’d.
Background: Woods and Mickelson slogged their way through a forgettable head-to-head, winner-take-all $9 million match over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, which Mickelson mercifully ended with a birdie on the 22nd hole. The addition of Manning and Brady, who reportedly carry single-digit handicaps (Manning is 6.4, and Brady is 8.1) and plenty of chops as champions of their own, could boost the appeal of this so-called rematch.
Superlatives: Woods ranks tied for first in all-time PGA Tour victories, with 82, including 15 major championships. Mickelson ranks ninth in Tour victories, with 44, of which five are major titles. Manning quarterbacked two teams (Colts in 2006 and Broncos in 2015) to Super Bowl titles, compared with Brady’s six NFL titles with the Patriots.

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