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Tiger Woods’ son Charlie already dominating the competition

Tiger Woods son Charlie

Tiger Woods developed his obsession with golf when his father introduced him to the game at a young age, and the 15-time major champion has clearly passed that on to his own son.

Woods’ 11-year-old son Charlie took part in a US Kids Golf event in Florida last weekend, and his scorecard looked like one you might see from his old man. Charlie shot 3-under 33 for the 9-hole round and finished five shots clear of the field.

We shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the son of Tiger Woods blew away the competition, but that doesn’t make the performance any less impressive.

Tiger and Charlie brought us a great moment when they celebrated together after Tiger won the Masters last year. Maybe that inspired the younger Woods to put in even more work on the links. Even if Tiger doesn’t surpass Jack Nicklaus for the most major wins in golf history, Charlie appears to be well on his way.

Tiger Woods blames back issue for struggles at Memorial

Tiger Woods had a miserable day at the Memorial on Friday, shooting 4-over and putting his chances of making the cut in serious danger.

Woods shot at 71 on Thursday, putting him 1-under and leaving him in pretty good shape ahead of day two of the tournament. Friday, however, was very poor, as he shot a 76. He’s now at +3 for the tournament, leaving him unlikely to make the projected cut of +2.

Woods suggested that his back was a problem for him Friday, as it would be most days going forward.

This was Woods’ first PGA Tour appearance in five months, and while it didn’t show Thursday, it did Friday. Having undergone multiple back surgeries, it’s simply always going to be an issue for the 44-year-old. The layoff probably didn’t help matters either.

This is probably particularly frustrating for Woods, who thought he was rounding into form before the pandemic forced the postponement and cancellation of several weeks of events. Now he has to ramp up all over again.

HBO announces two-part documentary series on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has had one of the most fascinating careers of any sports icon in history, and we are going to get a closer look at the life of the 15-time major champion later this year.

HBO Sports announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Jigsaw Productions for a two-part documentary series detailing “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods. The first part is scheduled to air on Dec. 13.

According to the press release, the documentary will include never-before-seen footage and interviews with Tiger’s former caddie Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo and others. Rachel Uchitel, who was at the center of Woods’ sex scandal was also interviewed as was “Tiger’s first true love” Dina Parr.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understood than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him more than a decade ago.”

Despite the highly publicized scandal, Tiger has remained one of the most private people in sports. Woods also had a DUI arrest a few years back, so it will be interesting to see how the documentary covers that. If done properly, a documentary on Tiger has the potential to be must-see TV.

Tom Brady posts great recap of ‘The Match,’ says he will keep his day job

Tom Brady certainly was not the best golfer on the course during “The Match” on Sunday, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP enjoyed the experience. Playing alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson was, however, a friendly reminder for Brady that he is in the right profession.

Brady reflected on “The Match” in an Instagram post on Wednesday. He provided a lengthy recap that included some nice words for Woods, Mickelson and Peyton Manning in addition to a bit of self-criticism.

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I learned a few lessons from this past weekend’s golf tournament with @philmickelson @tigerwoods and #Peyton…I had a lot of fun and grateful to be part of an event that raised a lot of money for Covid relief: 1. Amazing what happens when groups of people come together for the common good. 2. Peyton is still as clutch as ever. 3. I did not escape the inclement weather…heavy stuff…ALL DAY. 4. I shouldn’t wear the same pants to golf that I wear to church. 5. As great as @philmickelson is as a golfer, he is a better man, coach and teammate and potentially has the best calves on the PGA Tour. 6. I really enjoy golf…at halftime of football games we get checked for concussions, in golf, you get refreshments. 7. It was nice to be the young guy again. 8. @tigerwoods was a great host and champion, and I was especially thankful he missed that putt on the 7th hole…had he made it, I would have just went home. 9. I’m sticking to my day job

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Brady found himself in an unfamiliar position throughout much of the event — embarrassing himself on national television. He couldn’t seem to hit a fairway all day, and he even split his pants after making perhaps the best shot of the round. It simply was not the 42-year-old’s day, but he helped raise $20 million for a good cause.

While Brady should definitely stick to his day job, we wouldn’t hate seeing him take part in “The Match” again in the future.

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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson could play annual match with celebrity partners

You could come up with a long list of reasons for why “The Match” was such a massive success on Sunday, and a lot of that has to do with all that is going on in the world. Still, having Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson grab a celebrity partner and square off against one another is something that would always draw a big audience, which is why it could become an annual event.

With an average of 5.8 million viewers, Sunday’s match that pitted Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history. It also raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief. Plans are now in the works to do something similar every year, and Mickelson told Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times that he already has some thoughts on who could partake in the future.

“I think you could showcase guys like Steph Curry and Michael Jordan or Tony Romo and Patrick Mahomes, who are all good golfers, elite talents and have great personalities,” Mickelson said. “Those personalities are going to come out with this event. Or you could have someone who loves the game and is competitive but is really entertaining like Larry David and Bill Murray. I think that could shine.”

Woods and Mickelson originally agreed to three separate events, according to Markazi. The first was in 2018, when they went head-to-head without partners. Bryan Zuriff, a film and TV producer who thought of the first event, said one of the issues with it was that Tiger and Phil are both pro golfers and stopped talking much down the stretch when their competitive natures took over. Having other athletes or celebrities join them helps with that, though Mickelson isn’t sure anyone will be better in that department than Brady and Manning.

“They were humanized with their golf game yet they were competitive and they were funny and entertaining. They let their sense of humor come out,” Mickelson said. “It’s about finding the right mix of those competitors and I don’t think we could get two better guys than who we had in Peyton and Tom. Going forward that will be the challenge. How do we improve on that?”

While future installments of “The Match” may not draw as many viewers, they would undoubtedly be a success. There are plenty of ways to liven up the broadcast no matter who is playing, and we saw several great examples of that on Sunday. Hopefully Tiger and Phil keep it going.

TV ratings for ‘The Match’ set new cable record

Whatever you think of the entertainment value of “The Match,” it’s pretty clear that it was a huge ratings winner for TNT.

Sunday’s charity golf match pitted Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. It attracted 5.8 million viewers, and according to TNT, that’s a new cable record for a golf telecast.

Pairing two of the most well-known golfers in the world with two of the most iconic quarterbacks of their generation and having them play golf is a big ratings win when the rest of the sports world is shut down. It got plenty of people talking and was entertaining in its own way, particularly the banter between the competitors.

Perhaps people wanted to see Tom Brady look human, which he did for much of the first half of the round. Ultimately, he got the last laugh, even if he and Mickelson lost by a stroke.

Peyton Manning hilariously explains why he didn’t wear red with Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is famous for wearing red on Sundays, and he did so during Sunday’s “The Match” charity game. His partner, Peyton Manning, did not.

Manning, it turns out, had a good reason to avoid the black and red look. He said during an interview that he was asked if he wanted to match with Woods, but declined for a simple reason: he couldn’t be seen wearing Georgia colors.

Manning, of course, is one of the most famous alumni of Tennessee, an SEC rival. No chance is he going to be caught on national television in Georgia’s black and red.

The former Colts and Broncos quarterback has delivered some of the more memorable lines of the match. This is just another.

Weather delay pushes back ‘The Match’ by nearly an hour

The highly-anticipated charity match pitting Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady was all set to go Sunday, but the Florida weather wasn’t cooperating.

“The Match” was set to tee off at 3 p.m., but heavy rain at the Medalist Golf Club meant the match had to be delayed. It was not a light rain either, and there was no chance of playing through the significant downpour.

Mickelson finally teed off at 3:49 after a lengthy delay. However, the threat of rain is expected to continue throughout the afternoon. If the weather were to force a postponement, the foursome will try to play again on Monday.

The problem is that the forecast isn’t much better Monday. According to weather.com, the chance of rain on the Florida coast Monday is 100 percent, with locally heavy downpours.

Even though we don’t quite know when things will be able to get started, it hasn’t stopped the friendly banter between Brady and Manning.

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.