Golf is back on the small screen this week as The Match: Champions for Charity pits Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson vs Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning with a $10m charity purse at stake. Don’t miss a shot of today’s PGA action – here’s how to watch a live stream of The Match online, no matter where you are in the world.
The Match: Champions for Charity is the follow up to Tiger and Phil’s first skins clash back in November 2018, which saw Mickelson take home the full $9 million bounty after an epic 22-hole shootout.
That was back before anyone had ever searched for hand sanitizer on eBay, though, and today’s encounter features an even bigger $10 million war chest – all of which will be donated to Covid-19 relief efforts and charities like the American Red Cross and Save Small Business. Which frankly is a relief in and of itself, given Mickelson’s estimated career earnings clear the $800 million mark.
Even more intriguingly, The Match 2 is being staged as a pro-am where Woods and Mickelson will be playing alongside NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively. The star quarterback duo both play golf to a very good standard, boasting single-digit handicaps, and will no doubt be bringing a taste of their former AFC rivalry to the fairways this weekend.
The smart money suggests Peyton may finally have the upper-hand over TB12. Having hung up his cleats five years ago, the Tennessee native is likely to have spent more time on the course than Brady of late, as the GOAT was busy adding another three Super Bowl rings to his collection over the same period.
Know what today’s golf is all about? Great – now just follow our guide as we explain how to watch The Match and live stream Tiger vs Phil and Manning vs Brady online from anywhere right now – there even seems to be a FREE viewing option in some countries, courtesy of CNN!
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How to watch The Match from outside your country
We’ve got a full regional breakdown of The Match live stream options below, but the first thing you should know is that anyone who might be abroad at the moment can still tune into the action as usual by using one of the best VPNs.
This nifty bit of software allows you to get around geo-blocking restrictions and watch the same high-quality golf feed you normally would at home. Best of all, they only take a few minutes to set-up and are really easy to use.
How to watch The Match LIVE – stream Tiger vs Phil and Manning vs Brady online in the US
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The Match format: how is Champions for Charity being played today?
Champions for Charity, or The Match 2 if you prefer, is being played a Best Ball Four-Ball on the front 9 (all players play every shot, best score wins), followed by a Modified Alternate Shot format on the back 9 – where both players tee-off and then select a ball to play on an alternate basis from there.
If that sounds straightforward, don’t be fooled – as well as each hole being contested for the attached ‘skin’ (prize money), there’s also a series of additional challenges that can be completed to raise even more money for charity.
One of these is a ‘one-club challenge’ on the par-4 fifth, where Woods and Mickelson will have to play the hole with a single stick – the 4-iron and 6-iron are popular choices because of the way they combine loft and distance, but they’ll really hope they stay out of the sand. A whopping $25 million will also be awarded to charity in the event of a hole-in-one.
A final wrinkle is the venue: the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. It’s Woods’ home course, so the 15-time Major winner likely has a degree of advantage – something not lost on Phil Mickleson, who’s already indulged in some playful banter, saying he’s relishing the chance to take down Tiger in his own backyard.
Expect to see more forced trash talking as The Match gathers steam throughout the day, but at least they’ll be faking it for a good cause. Let’s just hope Tom Brady has all the necessary permissions for exercising outdoors in Florida this time round.