Sunday’s match was just what we needed. The golf was good, the star-power was great, and the banter between the four players was awesome. Justin Thomas shined in his on-course commentary debut, and he along with Charles Barkley and Trevor Immelman, made an excellent analyst team. With more than $20 million raised for Covid-19 related charities, The Match was a success all around and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mother nature tried her best to spoil it with spells of hard, sideways rain throughout the day but it did lead to a hilarious quote from a mic’d up Tom Brady as he looked at partner Phil Mickelson and yelled, “When’s the hard stuff coming?!” I know I’m not the only one who enjoyed watching TB12 be humbled with his barrage of “coming up and out flairs to the right”, but even I was rooting for him to finally hit a quality shot. Not as much as Brooks Koepka however, who phoned in a $100k donation for Brady to just par a hole. Well he did one better as he holed out from 150 yards for birdie and threw a “Suck on that, Chuck” to Charles Barkley who was heckling him in his earpiece.
Tiger was super solid on his home track, missing just one fairway the entire round, and Peyton Manning was a big help with 2 natural birdies of his own. With the exception of Phil driving a 330 yard par 4 and Brady knocking in the eagle, the duo hit it all over the planet and lost to Tiger and Peyton, 1 down. But it came down to the 18th hole and that’s all we could have asked for. Callaway lead the driver count, 3-1, even though Brady hit 3-wood off the tee all day in the actual match, he had a MAVRIK Sub Zero in the bag for the practice round. Lefty also plays the Sub Zero, which is the lower spinning lower launching model. Manning opted for the standard MAVRIK. A couple of old faithfuls found their way back in the pro’s bags. Tiger practiced with his old trusty Mizuno MP-14 2 iron, which was loaded with lead tape, and Phil was equipped with an Odyssey White Hot putter designed to resemble his old 8802 style blade. He referred to this stick as the “Tiger Slayer” as he used to it to win at Pebble Beach in 2012 while paired together on Sunday. The 2-iron didn’t make Tiger’s bag for the actual match, as he put a 5-wood back in play.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG(S)?
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3-wood: TaylorMade M5 15°
5-wood: TaylorMade M3 19°
Irons: TaylorMade P7TX (3 – PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade MG2, 56° & 60°
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Tiger Prototype
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Super Rat
Irons: Callaway Epic Forged (4 – 7) Apex Pro 19 (8 – PW)
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 3 54°, PM Grind 60°
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG PT82
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track
Irons: Titleist U510 (2) T-MB (3 – 6) T100 (7 – PW)
Wedges: PXG Milled 54° & 60°
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Monza counter-balanced
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional