‘The Match’ Brings Together Four Megastars on a Montana Golf Course

By Cameron DaSilva | Posted 3 months ago

Watching Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady each throw for 350 yards and three touchdowns on any given Sunday is fun. It’s also quite enjoyable to watch Bryson DeChambeau hit 350-yard bombs and Phil Mickelson work his magic with wedges around the greens throughout the PGA Tour season.

Never before have these four stars clashed on the golf course in what’s sure to be an epic two-on-two match for endless bragging rights.

It is, after all, called “The Match” and it will take place Tuesday and will be simulcast on TBS, TNT and truTV starting at 5 p.m. ET.

It’ll be old vs. new. The wily vets against the young guns. Last year’s U.S. Open champ against this year’s. The reigning NFL MVP against the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Rodgers and DeChambeau against Brady and Mickelson. 

They’re among the most recognizable names and faces in their respective sports, and for 18 holes at the Moonlight Basin in Montana, they’ll tee it up in a round filled with trash talk and loads of pressure on every shot.

Tale of the tape

On the gridiron, Brady has the experience edge over Rodgers, having been in the NFL for five more years. But they’ve both been first-team All-Pros three times, have won three MVP awards each and both rank in the top 10 in career touchdown passes.

Here’s a tale of the tape for the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, who will be out of their usual element on the links. Both will be enshrined in Canton one day, but it might be Rodgers who gets there first because it seems like Brady wants to keep playing until he’s old, gray and 65 years old.


Age

Height

Weight

Experience

Passing yards

TD passes

Passer rating

Completion rate

All-Pros

MVPs

Aaron Rodgers

37

6-2

225 pounds

16 years

51,245

412

103.9

65.1%

3

3

Tom Brady

43

6-4

225 pounds

21 years

79,204

581

97.3

64.0%

3

3

The age and experience gap between their partners is larger. Mickelson has 24 years on his counterpart DeChambeau, but also has 37 more PGA Tour wins, five more majors and has earned $70 million more than his counterpart in his career.

Where DeChambeau has the edge is, well, just about everywhere on the course in 2021. It’s been a tough year on tour for Lefty aside from his magical U.S. Open win, ranking 146th in strokes gained, 189th in driving accuracy and 158th in scoring average. DeChambeau, on the other hand, is 2nd in strokes gained, leads the tour in driving distance and is 7th in scoring average.

Mickelson says he hits bombs, which at 51, he certainly does. But DeChambeau is going to be like Uncle Rico hitting towering drives over them mountains in Big Sky, Montana. 


Age

Height

Weight

PGA Tour wins

Major victories

Avg. driving distance

Career earnings on tour

Total birdies (2021)

Bryson DeChambeau

27

6-1

235 pounds

8

1

322.4 yards

$24.6 million

257

Phil Mickelson

51

6-3

200 pounds

45

6

302.6 yards

$94.7 million

214

Trash talk review

Players in the NFL talk trash all the time. Golfers on tour? Not so much – at least not between the ropes. But what makes “The Match” must-see TV is the back-and-forth that’s sure to ensue with all four players mic’d up on the course. 

The jabs were thrown by both sides early and often, and they haven't let up since. Brady threw the first jab when he called DeChambeau a “scientist” and Rodgers “a jeopardy host.”

Shots. Fired. 

 Rodgers has as many MVPs and All-Pro selections as Brady, but how many episodes of “Jeopardy!” has TB12 hosted? The edge as a TV show host goes to Rodgers here.

Brady didn’t stop there, though. He threw a haymaker by poking fun at the Packers kicking a field goal late in the NFC Championship game while trailing the Buccaneers by a touchdown.

“I do think you have a partner that would probably like to go for it a little more often than he has in the past,” Brady said, referring to Rodgers. “So, Bryson, I'm glad you’re encouraging him to kind of go for it when it’s on the line rather than just knocking it in the fairway or something like that and trying to play for the next shot.”

“Well, I usually don’t get the option in my experience,” Rodgers said, smirking.

Brady came at DeChambeau, too, by referencing the golfer’s displeasure with fans calling him “Brooksy” on the course – which is obviously connected to his feud with Brooks Koepka.

“At least in football we can trash talk without calling in the commissioner,” Brady said last month during a press conference.

Although it seemed like most of the trash talk was coming from Mickelson and Brady, Rodgers got in on the fun with an absolutely hilarious film study of Brady’s performance at “The Match” last year.

The video got a ton of attention on Twitter, because who doesn’t love to hear Rodgers make fun of Brady for splitting his pants on national TV?

“Here you see him picking the ball out of the hole. Pants, a little rip there. I’m sure that Under Armour gets blamed for that,” Rodgers quipped.

Brady, the social media wizard that he has somehow become in his 40s, sent a message to Mickelson, DeChambeau and Rodgers with a video of himself draining three long putts. Only, the clip is clearly doctored. Nice try, Tommy – as Rodgers would call him.

Mickelson tried to get in DeChambeau’s head just before the Rocket Mortgage Classic when he was playing a practice round with the buff bomber. While DeChambeau was teeing off, Mickelson snuck into Bryson’s bag, pulled out one of his irons and bent it across his knee before putting it back.

Nothing to see here.

Prediction 

So, who has the edge? That’s easy. DeChambeau has six top-10 finishes and two wins this year compared to only one top-10 for Mickelson. He’s clearly playing better, and his partner is a better golfer than Brady. 

Rodgers has more experience playing competitive golf, too. He’s played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am a bunch, and regularly tees it up at the American Century Championship. Brady has played at Pebble, too, but he hasn’t contended the way Rodgers has. 

Last year at Pebble Beach, Rodgers and Max Homa finished tied for ninth place. In the American Century Championship last year, which is the largest celebrity golf tournament in the country,

Rodgers came in 16th. In 2019, he finished 21st. The year before that, 18th. And in 2017, Rodgers finished 8th.

The reigning NFL MVP is a legitimately good golfer. A couple of years ago, Rodgers told Golf.com that his lowest handicap was a 3.5, which is significantly better than Brady’s 8.1 index. 

Brady might have the rings and Twitter memes, but Rodgers definitely has the advantage on the golf course – and everyone will get to see that on Tuesday.

Rodgers and DeChambeau won’t run away with this thing and win 6&5, but I expect them to close out Brady and Mickelson on the 16th or 17th hole.  

As with any mega event, there is a wagering component across different sites. BetUS.com.pa is offering a plethora of props.

(https://www.betus.com.pa/sportsbook/the_match-golf_futures.aspx)

CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH WINNERS

701

Phil Mickelson -Tom Brady    

+145

1702

Bryson DeChambeau - Aaron Rodgers    

-175

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CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH- WHICH TEAM WILL WIN HOLE 1?

MONEYLINE

1703

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady    

+325

1704

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers    

+265

1705

Tie    

-150

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CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH - WILL THERE BE A HOLE IN ONE?

MONEYLINE

1709

Yes    

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WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 9 HOLES?

MONEYLINE

1711

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady    

+175

1712

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers    

-120

1713

Tie    

+400

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WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 6 HOLES?

MONEYLINE

1714

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady    

+160

1715

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers    

+110

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Tie    

+300

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WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 3 HOLES?

MONEYLINE

1717

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady    

+225

1718

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers    

-180

1719

Tie    

+170

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