Woods, Manning win charity golf match

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning have teamed up to win a made-for-TV golf exhibition match that raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.

25-May-2020 By Australian Associated Press
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Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match but Tiger Woods earned a measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson as he teamed with Peyton Manning to win "The Match: Champions for Charity".

The PGA Tour is set to return on June 11 and it has a tough act to follow after Woods lagged a long birdie putt on the 18th close enough to secure a 1-up victory for his pairing.

The goal was to raise $10 million ($A15.3m) for COVID-19 relief funds and online donations sent money climbing with a final figure of $20m ($A30.6m).

"Knowing $20 million was raised and helping people going through tough times, it was an honour to be invited," Manning said.

"It's something I'll always remember."

This made-for-TV exhibition, with two NFL greats along for the ride, surpassed 2018's "The Match" in which Mickelson defeated Woods in a playoff under lights.

The spectacle at Medalist Golf Club on Sunday included world No.4 golfer Justin Thomas pitched in as an on-course reporter, bringing a mixture of humour and insight.

Woods and Manning took the lead on the third hole and never trailed, building a 3-up lead in fourballs on the front nine.

It was a closer battle coming home, played in modified alternate shot format.

Brady struggled for most of the day and took a beating on social media and in the broadcast booth from NBA legend Charles Barkley, while Brooks Koepka offered $100,000 if the six-times Super Bowl champions could just make a par.

One shot silenced everyone.

With his fourth shot on the par-5 seventh from the fairway, with Barkley needling him relentlessly, Brady's shot landed beyond the pin and spun back into the cup.

"Shut your mouth, Chuck," Brady said.

"That's why you're the goat," Barkley responded.

The entertainment didn't stop even as the rain, which caused a late start, returned.

Woods was playing for the first time since mid-February but his game was sharp as his words.

Mickelson on the fifth hole asked Woods to mark his ball from some 80 yards away.

"You want me to mark with a US Open medal," Woods, a three-times champion of the only major Mickelson hasn't won, responded.

"Do you have one? I have some silver ones," Mickelson said, referring to his record six runner-up finishes.


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