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Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodger Win TNT’s The Match

In the fourth installation of the charitable golf game, “The Match,” pro golfing stud Bryson DeChambeau teamed up with Green Bay Packers’ Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, while legendary golfer Phil Mickelson partnered with seven-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Tuesday. 

The first “Match” took place in 2018, between Mickelson and Tiger Woods, and Mickelson won in 22 holes. A rematch took place in 2020, but this team they each paired with athletes of the NFL. Woods paired up with Peyton Manning, while Mickelson was again with Brady. The third “Match” took place in November 2020, where Mickelson played with retired NBA legend Charles Barkley, and Manning returned, but this time played with a current NBA great, Stephen Curry. Mickelson and Barkley won this match.

Kevin Frazier, of Entertainment Tonight, hosted the day, with Brian Anderson offering play-by-play during the actual game. Trevor Immelman, Charles Barkley, and Larry Fitzgerald were analysts of the match, with special guests joining them throughout the day, via phone and Zoom. Those guests included former President Barack Obama, Brady’s teammate Rob Gronkowski, and Cleveland Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield. The match was played at The Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. 

This edition of “The Match” started out close. Both pairings were evenly matched throughout the first nine holes, with DeChambeau getting a birdie on the first hole to take the win of the first hole. The match was close in the beginning, with the game being tied at the seventh hole and the first nine went back-and-forth. Brady nailed a 400-yard drive, setting up a putt for eagle for his partner, Mickelson, but he wasn’t able to chip it in. DeChambeau wasn’t able to get his next putt to go in either, so the match stayed even.

Rodgers sunk a birdie putt to seal the win for him and DeChambeau, beating Mickelson and Brady 3 and 2. The game was competitive, yet fun, with the four players being mic’d up, so the viewers could hear their playful trash talk. Barkley even got in on the trash talk from the booth, making fun of Brady’s age. 

“The Match” has always been a charitable event. Throughout the long day, roughly 6.3 million meals were donated to Feeding America, and $2.6 million was donated to My Brother’s Keeper, a charity formed by Obama. 

Sources:

https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/31773982/bryson-dechambeau-aaron-rodgers-beat-phil-mickelson-tom-brady-match

https://sports.yahoo.com/bryson-dechambeau-aaron-rodgers-win-the-match-over-tom-brady-and-phil-mickelson-024111857.html

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