Tom Brady remains the biggest sports story in 2020, the year mostly without sports. Although regular PGA Tour play is suspended, recreational golf is still one sports outlet available for many of the Amercians who are under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now Brady playing golf is part of the story.
Before Brady gets into action for his new NFL team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's about to hit the links to help Tiger Woods and Phil Mickeson raise money for COVID-19 relief — along with good friend and former quarterback rival Peyton Manning.
CNBC reported that it will be Brady and Mickelson vs. Manning and Woods in a two-on-two charity match scheduled as a live event likely in May, orgranized by the PGA Tour and AT&T's Warner Media.
Although an initial report from veteran golf journalist Robert Lusetich suggested the event would be on pay-per-view, Brady-Mickelson vs. Manning-Woods is more likely to air on a Turner Sports network, per CNBC.
Hearing Tiger v Phil II might indeed be happening as a PPV event but that the caveat is that each will have a partner. Two names being mentioned? Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) March 30, 2020
When Woods and Mickelson had their much-hyped one-on-one match in 2018 in Las Vegas, it was broadcast by Turner Sports. Mickelson won the $9 million winner-take-all thriller by edging Woods after 22 holes.
With coronavirus social-distancing measures in place in 2020, CNBC also reports the match would strictly follow all the guidelines, including no crowd, a skeleton production crew and all four golfers keeping six feet apart throughout the event. There also won't be same location hype, as the golf course at which Brady, Mickelson, Manning and Woods play will remain udisclosed until the event.
Speaking of Vegas, with sportsbooks hungry for live sports, it didn't take long for the match to have betting odds. According to SportsBetting.ag, Manning and Woods, both 44, would be considerrable favorites at -180, while Mickelson, 49 and Brady, 42, would be significant underdogs at +140.
Brady and Manning have had a ton of fun playing golf and taking gentle jabs at each other's games. Should Manning emerge victorious with Woods, Brady already has his excuse ready.