Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady are getting set to take on Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning this weekend in The Match: Champions For Charity and while the smack talk has been going on for weeks now, Mickelson has taken things a bit further.
While the goal of Sunday’s match is to raise at least $10 million for relief efforts, that doesn’t mean that both teams won’t be focused on taking down one another. Mickelson beat Woods in a playoff in the first installment of The Match and while this match introduces a new team dynamic, Mickelson still wants the bragging rights when it’s all said and done.
This year’s match is being held at Medalist Golf Club, Woods’ home course, and while Mickelson admitted that his side may be at a disadvantage because of the fact, it’s also giving him more motivation to beat Woods and Manning.
“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson told GolfWeek. “Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there because he was insistent that this event is played on his home course. Despite everyone else wanting to play it elsewhere. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton.
“There will be no excuses. It’s his home course but Tom and I are going to go down there and put it to them, and we’ll make it that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”
Those are some pretty strong words from Mickelson – although likely tongue in cheek – seeing as how he’s never actually played Medalist. Let’s just hope the smack talk continues into Sunday and carries on throughout the entire match.
You can’t really blame Mickelson for having so much confidence heading into the match despite the fact that Woods has gotten the best of him throughout the majority of his career. At the end of the day, Mickelson did win $9 million after taking down Woods two years ago in the first match.
The event will include a four-ball (best ball) format on the opening nine and a modified alternate shot on the back nine with all four players hitting tee shots followed by the two teams playing alternate shots from the best drive.
The event will begin at 3:00 PM EST and simulcast across TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN on Sunday with the Bleacher Report app taking care of all pre-match coverage.