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Bryson DeChambeau, Aaron Rodgers beat Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady in ‘The Match’

Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers defeated Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 3 and 2 in “The Match” on TNT Tuesday.

The four played in the charity event at picturesque The Reserve Golf Course in Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.

It was the fourth version of “The Match”, a series that began with Tiger woods and Mickelson plays win-take-all against each other. It eventually expanded with Brady, Steph Curry, Charles Barkley and Peyton Manning.

In this version, golfers played a modified alternative shot format. DeChambeau flipped in on the first hole for birdie to win it, but Brady and Mickelson came back to go 1 up until the seventh hole when the match was squared.

The groups traded shots on the field where DeChambeau hit a fairway forest on the 392-yard par-4 third hole for approx. 6 meters from the pin. Then Brady followed a driver right next to DeChambeau’s shot.

Because the golf course is located at an altitude of 7,500 feet, the ball flew the entire match. An example: DeChambeau hit an 8-iron at 248-yard par-3 fifth to 2 feet, 7 inches from the cup.

Rodgers played in the middle of a running gap with Green Bay Packers and questions about his future with the franchise. The commentators asked him if he would be the quarterback for the Packers when the season starts and he said he did not know. They bumped again, but Rodgers passed the question and said, “I’m just having a good time out here with Tom. I’m trying to talk to him about whether he wants to keep playing or not.”

Barkley commented throughout the broadcast and participated in lots of trash. He bumped into fun at Brady’s age (43) and even took a shot at Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who joined the broadcast via video. Mayfield was wearing a silk shirt, and Barkley asked him twice if he was wearing a cloak.

The players exchanged barbs throughout the match, from Rodgers having fun on Mickelson’s belt buckle to Mickelson telling Brady they had a fourth-and-3 situation, down eight points, on the 16th hole and that they needed to go after it and could not ‘not play it safe. Mickelson referred to the playoffs between the Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Rodgers and Packers went for a field goal instead of a touchdown.

Unfortunately for Mickelson, his team missed his subsequent putt, and Rodgers drained his birdie putt to seal things.

The fight was fun and games, but it was also meant to help raise money for the charities involved. At the end, the donations and contributions provide 6,300,000 meals to Feeding America and $ 2.6 million to My Brother’s Keeper.


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