Phil Mickelson took down Tiger Woods in a winner-take-all multimillion-dollar one-on-one match two years ago.
On Sunday he’ll take on Woods again, but this time with a partner — Bucs quarterback Tom Brady — and the multimillion-dollar purse will be for charity. He’s still confident he — and Brady — can best Woods and his playing partner, Peyton Manning.
“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson trash talked to Golfweek magazine about "The Match: Champions for Charity,” which will be played at Woods’ home turf, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, to raise money for coronavirus relief.
“Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there because he was insistent that this event is played on his home course despite everyone else wanting to play it elsewhere. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton.
“We’ll make it that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”
The format calls for nine holes of four-ball (best-ball) play and then nine of modified alternate shots. Each player will wear a microphone and ride in his own cart. No caddies or fans will be on the course.
Mickelson said there will be plenty of ribbing, unlike the near silence during his and Woods’ first match in Las Vegas in 2018.
“Tiger and I clamped up the first time,” Mickelson said. “That won’t happen again. I think having Peyton there will be a big part of it because he gives me and Tom somebody to rough up. Peyton, when he comes back at you, he does it in a funny way that elicits a laughter from you as opposed to a defensive response.
“And I think that’s why he’s so funny, because even the person he is cutting up finds it funny and doesn’t take it personal. And that will allow us to free it up and do it a little bit more.”
Mickelson said he has played with Brady a few times.
“I’ve played with him at Augusta National and Friar’s Head (in Riverhead, N.Y.), and I’ve seen him hit some remarkable shots, and I’ve seen him hit some shots that you wouldn’t be so surprised he hit," Mickelson said.
“But his strength is he is a very good putter and he hits the ball a long ways and he’s good with his short irons. If I can get the ball in play, I think we’ll have a chance on the back-nine modified, alternate-shot platform.”
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The alternate-shot wrinkle puts a lot of pressure on Brady and Manning.
“I give them a lot of credit for putting themselves out there because there is going to be a unique pressure,” Mickelson said. “But that’s why it’s going to be so much fun, because we are going to have mishaps and we are going to have some bad shots and we are going to laugh at ourselves.”
The event is expected to raise at least $10 million. It will air at 2 p.m. on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.