I trust a great many of us spent some time over the long holiday weekend watching The Match II; Tiger/Peyton vs. Phil/Tom. Like everyone, I was incredibly bummed when the day dawned with monsoon like conditions, and continued to wash over the course of the days play. That added to the intrigue, as the boys played on in spite of the conditions.
Highs- The golf carts with cameras were incredible. The banter back and forth between the players and the commentators was crazy. Phil dissecting a chip shot was beyond head spinning. The shot he hit next was epic. Brady's hole out will forever be a top 10 shot of the day. Splitting his pants retrieving the ball... enough said. Peyton stiffing the pros was the most clutch amateur shot I've ever seen. JT calling Barkley a "fat a#*" on live TV brought the house down! Live call ins from Russel Wilson, Brooks Koepka was so cool. The ensuing wins for $300K and $100K in additional donations was priceless. Alternate shot strategies made the event even more compelling on the back 9. Finally, $20 million for Covid 19 charities is simply brilliant.
Lows- The weather. The venue, while beautiful, played way long in those conditions. Brady's poor play. Unfortunately there was nowhere for him to hide, and trying to manufacture confidence in those conditions was tough. Barkley's incessant ribbing of Brady was a bit over the top too. Seemed to be lots of technical difficulties with the ear pieces all day. Not an inherent low, but Tiger sure clammed up in the back 9 once his team dropped 2 holes and the match was only up one.
Whats Next for The Match III?- Lots of banter on social media right now. Calls for guys like Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, or Tony Romo to tee it up with Phil and Tiger. Questions on does match 3 have Phil and Tiger in it, or do new guys like Brooks, Rickie, JT, or DJ get the nod. Clearly no one chatters like Phil, no matter if he's down 3 or up 1. No one talks like Phil, but Brooks may be the next one. Clearly there are tons of options, and perhaps the "rubber match" needs to be on a course both Tiger and Phil have won big events at.... Specifically I'm thinking of none other than Augusta National. Can you imagine those 2 guys going 1:1 at Augusta for a charity event? Never going to happen, but can you imagine?
Ultimately this event was solid in spite of the weather. Lots of money raised, a tight match that went to the wire, and some great shots from all 4 players. It provided laughs, and ultimately garnered much needed financial support for many in great need at present. I for one was grateful watching all the competitors go at it.