Tiger-&-Peyton Top Phil-&-Tom; Match II Tops $20m for Covid-19 Charity
One of the cooler aspects of the professional golf tours is their baked-in ability to raise mega-dosh for charities.
Every tournament is hosted by a not-for-profit organization that designates a noble cause and then donates their neet proceeds to it.
Coming into this season, the PGA Tour's all-time total stands at over $3billion raised.
Now, the special made-for-TV event that was Tiger vs Phil II plus friends has also added to the greater good.
As opposed to what is now Match I where Phil Mickelson nicked the winner-take-all purse of $9million by nipping Tiger Woods after 22 holes, the enhanced sequel collected a whopping $20million for Covid-19 relief.
Putting it mildly, their playing partners more than stepped up for the occasion, just as they'd done during their entire NFL careers.
And Tom Brady provided the highlight shot of the day:
However, as an indication of how the day went for Brady and Phil, that hole-in was only good for halving the hole.
Speaking of halving ...
Amazingly, that was the only real wardrobe change on the day, as the quartet weathered a steady rainfall to do their bit for the show and its ultimate goal of combining their sponsors' $10million donations with viewers' contributions.
They did all of that:
Where Match I was virtually all-business, this one featured enough entertainment to keep even non-golf fans tuned in.
Brady had his share of duffer's moments, but when he scored, he did it big for the charity. That shot at the seventh hole, for example, cost Koepka a $100,000 donation.
The format had the teams doing best-ball on the front nine and a kinda-sorta alternate shot arrangement on the back.
Mickelson and Brady took advantage of the latter at the par-4 11th, when Lefty launched a bomb ...
Phil goes over the tree line and drives the green on the par-4 11th. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Knib2gL8lx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 24, 2020
... and Brady went side door to can the eagle putt:
The sponsors' side challenges were in the spirit of the moment, too:
- Capital One’s Hole 5 Challenge had the players using just one club, where Tiger's 4-iron and Phil's 6-iron halved the hole, thus spliting the additional $250,000 donation;
- On the par-3 Holes 4 and 12, the player with the drive shot closest to the hole getting another $250,000 donation, Tiger won the former and Phil nailed the latter.
- The Michelob Ultra $25million challenge for a hole-in-one on Holes 8 or 16 went unclaimed.
Ultimately, Tiger drained the putt that followed a solid lag that won the match and gained a measure of relief himself by finally stifling Phil's crowing over his Match I victory:
All in all, it was an entertaining -- and fulfilling -- day. Match II was an unmitigated success by virtually any measure, and it's sure to feed demand for a Match III sometime next season.
Hopefully, the need for Covid-19 relief will have passed and another worthy cause can be the next to benefit. With the sorta show Tiger, Phil & Co staged today, odds are their good will serve it well, too.