The Match 2021 live golf updates, highlights from Tom Brady & Phil Mickelson vs. Aaron Rodgers & Bryson DeChambeau
After weeks of trash talk between Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau, the two pairs are finally facing off in The Match 4. Brady and Mickelson will team up in hopes of avenging their loss to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in The Match 2 , which occurred in early 2020.
Meanwhile, DeChambeau and Rodgers will each look to earn a win in their first appearance in The Match. Each player has been dealing with drama over the last few weeks. Rodgers is embroiled in a long-term holdout from Packers camp after an MVP campaign while DeChambeau parted with his caddie Tim Tucker ahead of last weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. DeChambeau failed to make the cut after the change.
Despite that, DeChambeau and Rodgers are still favored to win The Match while Mickelson’s side is listed as the underdog in the event once again. That hasn’t stopped him from winning in the past, as he beat Woods in the first iteration of the event in 2018 despite Woods being heavily favored.
Either side could win the 18-hole, match-play contest that will feature a modified alternate shot format on each hole. It’s just a matter of which side can adjust to the unique conditions of The Reserve at Moonlight Basin, which is at a 7,500-foot altitude and features numerous tee shots that are significantly downhill. That includes the course’s signature hole, a 777-foot Par-5 hole where the tee is a couple hundred yards above the fairway.
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6:34 p.m. — Brady can’t follow up his great drive with another. His goes left on the dogleg right. Mickelson’s lands in the fairway. Rodgers hits another low shot that bounces off the fairway. DeChambeau slices off the fairway as well. Mickelson’s shot is the best of the bunch.
6:25 p.m. — Brady and Mickelson emerge as the winners of the third hole. DeChambeau missed a 3-foot putt to split the hole. We’re all square, and Brady is surprised that they were able to pull that off after DeChambeau’s great tee shot.
6:15 p.m. — Brady and DeChambeau both drove the green at the Par-4, 393-yard third hole. Brady’s shot was incredible and almost as good as DeChambeau’s.
6:11 p.m. — Rodgers makes par. Mickelson follows suit. The second hole is halved, so the Rodgers-DeChambeau duo maintains a one-point lead.
6:09 p.m. — Brady hits a nice putt on his second shot to set up a short putt for Mickelson on his next shot. DeChambeau nearly sinks one but sets up Rodgers for a putt similar to Mickelson’s.
6:04 p.m. — On Hole 2, there’s a hole-in-one challenge in effect. Rodgers manages to drive the green which opens DeChambeau to go for the hole-in-one. DeChambeau’s shot landed in the bunker.
5:57 p.m. — After Rodgers came up short on an approach shot, DeChambeau managed to hole out from just off the green. Mickelson couldn’t make the putt to tie the hole. As such, DeChambeau and Rodgers emerge as the winners of the first hole.
5:50 p.m. — And now, Rodgers hits. His doesn’t quite reach the fairway, as his shot was a low screamer and had an apex of just 53 feet. DeChambeau launches the ball far down the fairway, well ahead of Mickelson’s. DeChambeau’s shot was the most impressive of the foursome, and he also got in a good shot at Brady, giving him a roll of duck tape for his pants and his mouth. Brady famously ripped his pants during The Match 2.
5:48 p.m. — Brady hits first off the first tee. He launches the ball off the fairway to the left. Mickelson is next. He hits one nice and easy into the fairway.
5:45 p.m. — Rodgers is giving Brady some advice ahead of the event.
5:36 p.m. — All right, let’s get this thing started. Brady, Mickelson, Rodgers and DeChambeau are ready to tee off at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin.
5:33 p.m. — Bryson DeChambeau may be an excellent golfer, but Aaron Rodgers said that he has been working with DeChambeau on his trash talk ahead of The Match. We’ll soon see if he’s made some improvements in that area.
5:28 p.m. — Mickelson made 15 putts in 30 seconds in a pre-event challenge. Event sponsors will donate 150,000 meals to Feeding America and the Montana Food Bank as a result of Mickelson’s performance.
5:26 p.m. — Barkley announced that he is donating $100,000 to the Montana Food Bank as part of The Match’s charitable efforts.
5:24 p.m. — Tom Brady said while warming up that playing football was easier than golf. It’s hard to imagine that many in the world agree with him on that front.
5:12 p.m. — Charles Barkley participated in The Match 3. Why isn’t he involved in this competition after being part of the winning pair with Mickelson? He explained in typical Barkley fashion on the preshow.
5:06 p.m. — Former PGA Tour pro and 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman says that Bryson DeChambeau should hit some 400-yard tee shots today because of the course elevation along with his PGA Tour-leading 321.9-yard average off the tee.
5:02 p.m. — Mickelson and Brady talked a lot about their previous Match loss in the intro to the event. Mickelson said they were “hungry” for a win. The underdogs seem to be carrying a chip on their shoulders.
4:55 p.m. — The four golfers posed for a pre-Match photo. A lot of black, blue and white, but Brady’s red TB12 hat is helping him stand out among the crowd.
4:53 p.m. — Bryson DeChambeau seems ready for The Match! He showed up to the event in a helicopter.
4:51 p.m. — While Tom Brady has the advantage over Aaron Rodgers in terms of experience playing The Match, Rodgers is a better golfer than Brady. In fact, Rodgers’ handicap is about 4 1/2 strokes better than Brady’s .
4:42 p.m. — Charles Barkley actually almost hit the cart during the range battle. It came right after the cart operator heckled him.
4:36 p.m. — Brady shared a bit of Mickelson’s strategy for The Match on Twitter Tuesday morning. Needless to say, he is focused on going long off the tee at the high-elevation Moonlight Basin course.
4:32 p.m. — In case you’re wondering, Mickelson won the range battle by hitting the golf cart eight times. Brady, Rodgers and DeChambeau each hit the cart once.
4:31 p.m. — Moonlight Basin golf course has never been played during a televised event. It’s a beautiful-looking course, so needless to say, we’re looking forward to seeing the golfers in action on it.
4:28 p.m. — Before The Match starts, the golfers and commentators for the event took part in a range battle event. Every golfer was trying to hit a golf cart located on the driving range. Charles Barkley chirped the cart driver after the driver called out Barkley’s notoriously awkward golf swing.
4:21 p.m. — There has been plenty of trash talk from all parties involved in The Match this week, but Brady’s did at Rodgers’ rift with the Packers may be one of the best moments of all.
4:18 p.m. — Apparently, it is windy at Moonlight Basin today. Mickelson tweeted a video of him and Brady getting some warmup shots in, and you can barely hear Mickelson over the sound of the wind.
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Live TV coverage of “The Match 4” will begin at 5 p.m. ET from The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. TNT’s broadcast plans include a pre-show before play begins, so expect Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau to tee off shortly thereafter.
Three networks in the Turner Sports family will be simulcasting “The Match 4”: TNT, TBS and truTV. Coverage of the event will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will feature play-by-play host Brian Anderson, former “The Match” participant Charles Barkley and other notable analysts.
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