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Phil Mickelson shares hilarious strategy for winning ‘The Match’

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson was as confident as ever heading into the second installment of “The Match” on Sunday, and you will understand why when you hear the complicated yet fantastic formula he came up with for him and Tom Brady to defeat Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

Not long before Mickelson, Brady, Manning and Woods teed it up at Medalist Golf Club, lefty shared a video explaining the key to victory. He said it will be crucial to hit “bombs” and “hellacious seeds.” Only Phil can explain the rest.

With professional sports on hiatus, the star-studded match has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for fans. The trash talk has also been phenomenal, which was to be expected. If Phil and Brady can hit “bombs” and “hellacious seeds,” they’re going to be very tough to beat.

Peyton Manning takes hilarious shots at Tom Brady during video chat for ‘The Match’

Peyton Manning

The official date and location for the upcoming charity golf event featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning was announced on Thursday, and the two teams have wasted no time trading smack talk. If quality of trash talk is any indication of how “The Match” is going to go, Brady and Phil may be in trouble.

The four sports legends got together on Thursday for a video chat to promote the event with TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Manning, who is partnering with Woods against Brady and Mickelson, really gave it to his former on-field rival. He mocked Brady over his embarrassing accidental trespass situation and jokingly complained that the golf match is being held in Florida, where Brady now lives. Manning said he would have preferred to have the match somewhere where Brady is disliked, and he cited Boston as one of those places.

“Maybe this is considered a neutral site,” Manning said. “I would have loved to have had this tournament in a place where they don’t like Tom very much — Indianapolis, Denver, Boston after he just betrayed them and broke their hearts…”

Manning also joked that Brady and Mickelson have 11 championships combined, whereas Manning and Woods have 17. Tiger accounts for most of those, of course, with his 15 major championships. Here’s the full video:

Tiger and Phil also traded some great barbs during the segment:

The match is being held at The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., on Sunday, May 24. It will be simulcast on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN. Woods and Mickelson brought us some awesome moments when they squared off in “The Match” two years ago, and the sequel is sure to be better than the original.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson to play charity golf match with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning

Phil Mickelson
Get ready for what may be the biggest golf match of the year.

According to Darren Rovell of Action Network, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a 2 v. 2 charity golf match with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in May.

TNT will air the match live, with rumored dates being May 15 or May 24. Woods and Manning are believed to be one pair, as both are Nike athletes, while Mickelson and Brady make up the other pairing.

No course has been finalized, but Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. has been named as one possibility. Nationally televised sporting matches are considered “essential” in the state of Florida, which could clear the way for the match to go ahead there.

PGA Tour officials would not confirm the event, but noted that Woods and Mickelson will have to sign release forms to play in such an event.

Woods and Mickelson played one-on-one in 2018, so this will essentially be a sequel of sorts.

This was widely rumored, and while this isn’t official confirmation, it’s a pretty good indication that this will be happening. With sports shut down for the foreseeable future, it promises to be perhaps the biggest live event in the month of May.

Tiger Woods felt he was ‘starting to peak’ before postponed Masters

Sunday would have been the final day of the Masters, and Tiger Woods thinks he would have had a chance to be in the hunt had it been played as scheduled.

Woods relived his 2019 triumph with CBS’s Jim Nantz during a replay of the final round. Woods said he would have been ready to play the Masters as scheduled, and that his body was in “normal pre-major” mode based on the time of year.

“I was out practicing and subconsciously getting ready; I didn’t realize I was getting ready,” Woods said, via Bob Harig of ESPN. “I just wanted to go out there, have some fun, hit some balls and get out of the house. But it’s amazing. I’ve been doing it for so long that things were starting to come together; I was starting to peak. We try to peak four times a year; and I know that the tournament’s been postponed, not until November — but for some reason, I was still peaking anyway.”

Woods will instead have to wait until November, which definitely doesn’t fit with his normal major schedule. It will be interesting to see how his internal clock handles the delay.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to be part of Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods match?

Tom Brady

Phil Mickelson hinted earlier in the week that he is in the process of trying to put together a rematch with Tiger Woods in order to give sports fans a temporary escape from the coronavirus pandemic, and it turns out the event could be even more star-studded than we initially thought.

According to CNBC’s Jabari Young, the match in the works is actually a two-on-two. The other two golfers expected to join Mickelson and Woods are Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The event being discussed would pit Brady and Mickelson against Manning and Woods. News of Brady and Manning potentially being involved was first reported by Robert Lusetich.

Do we have your attention yet?

A person familiar with the negotiations told Young that the event will likely take place in May and benefit charity. While nothing is official, it is not expected to be a pay-per-view event and could take place live on TNT. AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour have been involved in the planning.

Other stars from across the sports landscape could also be involved, as organizers have been in touch with Charles Barkley for off-site commentary.

The match would be held at an undisclosed location, likely to prevent fans from showing up. While the sports world came to a screeching halt last month after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, golf is one of the only sports that can still be played while following social distancing guidelines.

Mickelson beat Tiger in “The Match” back in 2018 with $9 million at stake. The event was supposed to cost $19.99, but technical difficulties resulted in Turner Sports and Bleacher Report having to stream it for free. There were some awesome moments during the round, and it goes without saying that adding Brady and Manning to the event would make it that much more captivating.

Phil Mickelson hints at rematch with Tiger Woods during coronavirus pandemic

Phil Mickelson

Sports fans are desperate for any type of live event to watch as the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the United States, and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods may be exploring the possibility of giving them what they want.

On Sunday night, a fan on Twitter asked Mickelson if there is a possibility of him and Tiger playing another one-on-one match like they did back in 2018. Such an event could be structured in a way that people could still follow social distancing guidelines, and Mickelson said he is “working on it.”

Mickelson then responded to another follower who told him not to “tease” fans.

Obviously, Woods would need to be on-board with the idea as well. Mickelson beat Tiger in “The Match” back in 2018 with $9 million at stake. The event was supposed to cost $19.99, but technical difficulties resulted in Turner Sports and Bleacher Report having to stream it for free. There were some awesome moments during the round and the two legends made sure to entertain fans for as long as they could.

If Mickelson and Woods were both interested in a rematch, perhaps the event could raise money for those being impacted by the coronavirus.

Tiger Woods did not know why fans were telling him ‘do it for Mamba’

Tiger Woods did not know why fans in the gallery at the Farmer’s Insurance Open on Sunday were making Kobe Bryant references, but the 15-time major champion received the devastating news immediately after he finished playing.

It wasn’t until he put the finishing touches on his final round at Torrey Pines that Tiger learned Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a tragic helicopter crash on Sunday morning. Woods said he heard fans telling him to “do it for Mamba,” but he was unsure of why.

Woods and Kobe have a lot in common as two of the most important athletes in their respective sports. Tiger spoke about how much he respected the way Kobe competed.

“He burned so competitively hot and had a desire to win,” Woods said. “He brought it each and every night on both ends of the floor. Not too many guys can say that in NBA history.”

Tiger also mentioned how much he admired when Kobe ruptured his Achilles and still went to the free throw line. Considering how many major injuries Tiger has battled back from in his career, it’s understandable that he appreciated that level of toughness from Bryant.

Woods is not the first iconic athlete to share his thoughts on Kobe’s passing, and he won’t be the last. The death of Kobe and his daughter has rocked the sports world and beyond.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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Video: Incredible Tiger Woods shot goes in the hole and bounces out

Michael Phelps Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods entered the final round of the Farmer’s Insurance Open five shots back of leader John Rahm, and the 15-time major champion could have closed the gap early in his round if not for a hole literally spitting his ball out.

After beginning his round with a bogey on the first hole, Woods hit a perfect approach shot on the Par-4 second that looked like it was going to bounce in for eagle. Actually, it did, but the problem was it didn’t stay there. You may never see this again:

It’s not uncommon for a shot to hit the flag and bounce away, but that ball was literally in the hole. While there’s nothing wrong with a tap-in birdie, Tiger was robbed of an eagle.

Rafael Nadal: Playing in front of Tiger Woods is ‘honor’

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won his fourth round match at the US Open on Monday night, and he captured victory in front of a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium that included one very special guest: Tiger Woods.

Woods and Nadal are both Nike-sponsored athletes in individual sports and among the best players in the history of their games. Tiger was really getting into things while cheering on his buddy:

Nadal, who beat Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, was asked in his post-match interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi what it was like playing in front of Woods. Nadal was effusive with his praise for Woods.

“For me it’s a huge honor. To play in front of all of [the fans] is a huge honor, but to play in front of Tiger for me is a very special thing,” Nadal said. “I always said I never had big idols, but I have to say one idol is him. I always try to follow every shot he hit during the whole year. For me it’s a big pleasure to have him here supporting, means a lot. He’s a big legend of his sport, one of the legends of the sport. I want to congratulate him on one of the most amazing comebacks ever, winning the Masters this year.”

Rinaldi then asked Rafa if the two had ever played golf together, leading to a joke from the Spaniard.

“It’s much better if Tiger doesn’t see my swing.”

Woods was watching the match from a suite in the stadium. He was joined by his son, daughter and girlfriend Erica Herman.

The quarterfinals of the major are now set. Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman for a shot at reaching the semifinals.

Tiger Woods has oblique injury, withdraws from first round of FedEx playoffs

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has enjoyed a great season in which he finally broke through and won another major, but his health is once again creating issues for him.

Woods withdrew from The Northern Trust — the first round of the FedExCup Playoffs — on Friday. The official reason listed is a “mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness,” which could help explain why he struggled so much at the tournament on Thursday.

Woods shot a 4-over 75 at Liberty National on Thursday. While he did not appear to show any signs of discomfort, he hinted that he was not feeling his best while speaking with reporters after the round.

“It just feels frustrating to shoot anything high no matter how I feel,” Woods said. “We had the perfect greens and had to go out there and shoot something under-par and get it going. Had to be 4-, 5-, 6-under par today. I went the other way with it.”

Tiger entered The Northern Trust 28th in the FedExCup Standings, and he is secure for the BMW Championship next week even after withdrawing. It remains to be seen if his health will cooperate enough, however.

Woods has had numerous back surgeries and dealt with several injuries in recent years, and there was some speculation that he was in pain at The Open Championship last month. He admitted more than two years ago that he will never be back to 100 percent health, so playing through injuries is something he has grown accustomed to at age 43.