Golf bettors will have a chance to get back in the mix this Sunday. The Match: Champions for Charity will take place at 3 p.m. EST from Medalist Golf Club in Florida.
The event features Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The event will be a benefit for coronavirus relief efforts.
Be sure to catch the action on TBS, TNT, truTV and HLN.
The two teams will compete in match play, with a best-ball format on the first nine holes and a modified alternate shot on the back nine.
Oddsmakers like Woods-Manning
The oddsmakers are backing the Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning duo for this weekend’s event. FanDuel is listing the pair as a -205 favorite to win, while the Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady pairing is listed at +175.
BetMGM lists Woods-Manning as a slightly larger favorite, with -223 odds, while Mickelson-Brady is currently at +160. William Hill sees things a little closer, as Woods-Manning are getting -190 odds while Mickelson-Brady is at +170.
Along with the straight-up match odds, bettors have the option of placing wagers with FanDuel on which duo will lead first, which hole will end the match and which team will be leading after three, six or nine holes. There are also closest to the pin wager options for the Par 3s.
Bettors siding with Lefty/TB12
According to FanDuel spokesman Kevin Hennessy, 63% of the bet count and 57% of the handle is on Mickelson-Brady for Sunday’s match.
Last year, in the initial “The Match” Mickelson was able to best Woods in a pay-per-view telecast at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. The two were even after 18 holes, but Mickelson took the victory after four playoff holes.
Due to the coronavirus, neither golfer has been in a competitive environment in months, but Woods hasn’t been in action since the Genesis Invitational in February, where he placed 68th. Woods did have some solid outings prior to that, placing ninth in the Farmers Insurance Open. He also placed fourth in the Hero World Challenge and won the ZOZO Championship late in 2019.
Woods is ranked 11th in the world rankings, while Phil Mickelson comes in at 61st currently. Mickelson last competed in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March. He missed the cut in four of his last six tournaments but also placed third in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Saudi International in the early stages of 2020.
One advantage Woods will have is that Medalist Golf Club is a regular stop for him. So much so, it is considered his home course. Woods has also probably held a lot of motivation from last year’s loss to Mickelson in the one-on-one battle. Like Michael Jordan, Woods doesn’t need much to find the motivation to be on his game.
The big question coming into this event is the playing ability of Brady and Manning. There’s not much information on either player, but we certainly know the competitive history between them. Neither man is going to want to lose or embarrass themselves on national television alongside two of the best in golf history.
Brady is a consistent golfer who has competed in multiple Pebble Beach Pro-Ams. Both men hold prestigious golf memberships and Manning is a part-owner of Sweetens Cove, a nine-hole public course in Tennessee.
According to Golf Digest, Manning posts a 6.4 handicap at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN, which has held five USGA Championships in its history. Brady holds an 8.1 handicap at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Brady last posted a score in April, while Manning hasn’t posted a score in 2020. However, Manning did post 20 scores since May of 2019.