GOLF · Tue (7/6) @ 5:00 pm ET
|Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, MT|
Our Pick: Mickelson & Brady.
And now we’re back to one of pro golf’s silly season events.
aIt’s time to check out Episode 4 of ‘The Match’ featuring PGA Tour pros Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.
In this episode, Mickelson will team up with Tom Brady while DeChambeau will partner with Aaron Rodgers for the July 6 match that will be held at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, MT.
It will be the second time Mickelson and Brady have teamed up as they squared off against Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in May, 2020. Mickelson and Brady won that match 1-up so they have that momentum going for them.
Mickelson also won the most recent playing of this event, teaming up with Charles Barkley to beat Stephen Curry and Manning. In fact, it’s Mickelson’s third time playing in the four events.
On the other side of the bracket, DeChambeau and Rodgers are the favorites at -167.
We’ve got questions about the DeChambeau-Rodgers focus right now.
First, there’s the fact that DeChambeau is new to this type of event. Then there’s the fact that both are coming into the event with a little controversy hanging over them.
DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka have had a running Twitter beef for a couple of weeks (or longer) while Rodgers and the Packers aren’t close to being on the same page when it comes to whether the quarterback will even be in Green Bay this season.
Will these dilemmas cause either player any concerns? Probably not, but we’re just trying to cover all our bases.
But, let’s get back to the golf.
This Is One Impressive–And Long–Course
The golf course will be a huge factor in ‘The Match’ as The Reserve at Moonlight Basin isn’t your typical made-for-TV layout.
From the tips this course, which Jack Nicklaus built into the side of a mountain, can reach 8,000 yards…yes, you read that right. And it also features the par-5 17th hole that, from the tips, can play to 777 yards.
That makes it perfect for DeChambeau and Mickelson to show off their power. Well, DeChambeau anyway. Luckily, Rodgers and Brady will play up a set of tees…if not two.
With the elevation at more than 7,000 feet, expect DeChambeau and Mickelson to launch more than a few impressive tee shots. Now, whether or not those shots stay on the course might be an entirely different story.
TNT will televise the event beginning at 5 p.m. (EST).
The Amateurs Will Be Intriguing
The betting world knows just about anything and everything about Mickelson and DeChambeau on the golf course. There are statistics everywhere about every part of their game. From tee to green, the stats are covered.
But when it comes to Rodgers and Brady, it’s a whole different story. Like we noted earlier, Brady has taken part in one of these matchups but it’s Rodgers’ first outing.
Checking out their handicaps, Rodgers gets the edge. He’s listed at 4.6 while Brady comes in at 8.1 That’s a pretty decent discrepancy.
But, and here’s where it gets interesting, this event features a modified alternate shot format so handicaps won’t even come into play. Each player hits a drive and the teams then pick the best one and alternate shots through the rest of the hole.
Par 5s and par 3s will be the key…the par 5s because the pros would love to get home in two (depending on the drive, of course) and the par 3s for obvious reasons–a close tee shot means a close birdie putt. If it’s Brady or Rodgers who hits the tee shot close, all the better for the pros to putt.
And The Winner Is…
We like Mickelson-Brady just for the experience factor. Mickelson, when he played with Barkley and won, took plenty of time to patiently work with Barkley to help him stay focused. That’s no easy task when you’re trying to play your best as well.
DeChambeau, on the other hand, is all business, all the time. That’s not always a bad thing. But when you’re trying to entertain golf fans with a made-for-TV event, taking a little time to stop and smell the roses–rather than constantly checking his yardage and greens books–would be a side of DeChambeau most people haven’t seen.
In the end, Mickelson’s new-found easy-going attitude in an event like this could be the deciding factor over DeChambeau’s prodigious yardage advantage.