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It’s happening: Woods, Mickelson to stage TV match with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

Phil Mickelson says he’ll be paired with the new Bucs QB for the coronavirus charity golf event to air on TNT. The date and location haven’t been decided.
Peyton Manning, left and Tiger Woods walk on the fairway of the 11th hole during the pro-am for the the Memorial tournament in May 2018 in Dublin, Ohio.
Peyton Manning, left and Tiger Woods walk on the fairway of the 11th hole during the pro-am for the the Memorial tournament in May 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. [ DAVID DERMER | AP ]
Published Apr. 22, 2020
Updated Apr. 23, 2020

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are ready for a made-for-TV rematch at a time when golf fans are craving live action.

And this time, they’ll have company.

Turner Sports said Wednesday that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will join Woods and Mickelson for a two-on-two charity match in May to air live on TNT. Missing from the announcement were such details as when and where the match would be played. It did say that tournament organizers would work with government and health officials to meet safety and health standards.

A firm date and location have not been decided, reports said.

ESPN reported that the event is expected to be held in Florida, possibly on Memorial Day weekend without spectators.

“It’s on now,” Mickelson tweeted Wednesday afternoon responding to a Bleacher Report post.

Turner said all donations and fundraising from “The Match: Champions for Charity” would benefit relief efforts for the coronavirus pandemic.

The pairings also weren’t announced, but Mickelson posted on Twitter that he will be paired with Brady.

“After feeling the sting of defeat the first time around, Looks like @TigerWoods is bringing a ringer to The Match (#PeytonManning). I’m bringing a GOAT. @TomBrady — Ready to hit bombs?”

Woods and Manning have played together in pro-ams on the PGA Tour.

The event will include social and digital content leading up and during the event available through Bleacher Report and its House of Highlights video arm.

In Woods’ and Mickelson’s match in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving weekend in November 2018, Mickelson won the $9 million winner-take-all purse in a wedge contest under the lights when the matched ended in a tie.

It was supposed to be a pay-per-view event, except technical difficulties allowed everyone to watch for free. It lacked some of the wild bets both players had teased, and the trash talking was forced at times.

Live golf was last seen on television March 12, the first round of The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, as developments with the coronavirus accelerated at such a rate that sports began shutting down.