When the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, The Match gave sports fans something to cheer about. Now, it is back, with two new competitors and some new, interesting storylines.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 37, and 2020 U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, 27, will battle Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, 43, and 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, 51, Tuesday evening.
This is the fourth version of The Match and a second one with Brady and Mickelson as teammates. Last year, the duo lost to ex-Colt Peyton Manning and superstar Tiger Woods.
After struggling for the first six holes in 2020, Brady pulled off the shot of the evening, holing out for eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.
Brady, who was getting chirped by analyst Charles Barkley prior to his shot, shouted “take a suck of that, Chuck.”
Brady has been leading the trash-talking ahead of this event, making fun of Rodgers for the Packers kicking a field goal in the NFC Championship last year against Brady’s Buccaneers.
How will it all unfold? Here’s everything you need to know about the The Match 2021:
When is The Match 2021?
The Match 2021 is on Tuesday, July 6. The golfers will tee-off at approximately 5 p.m. EST.
Where is The Match 2021?
The Match 2021 will take place at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.
How can I watch The Match 2021?
The Match 2021 will be broadcasted on Turner-owned TNT.
What are the rules for The Match 2021?
There is an interesting format for The Match 2021. The professional golfers have their own format, while the football players get to take a few shortcuts.
DeChambeau and Mickelson will tee off from the back tees, while Brady and Rodgers get to tee off from the forward tees. Then, the team chooses which tee shot they will play on their next turn.
After selecting their ball, the teammates alternate shots until the hole is completed. The best score wins the hole and ties are halved. Play will go on until a team is up more holes than there are remaining — therefore, the competition can end as early as the 10th hole — and if tied at 18 holes, the play goes to sudden death.
Who are the favorites to win?
DeChambeau and Rodgers are heavy favorites to win. Mickelson is aging, while DeChambeau is a young star on the rise. Rodgers is also considered a better golfer than Brady — Rodgers’ best handicap is 3.5 while Brady’s is roughly 8.1. Here are the odds:
Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers (-182) | Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady (+135)
Which prop bets are available?
There are countless prop bets to choose from, including who will win the first hole, who will hit longer tee shots and who will lead after six. Here are the odds:
Hole 1 winner (no tie): DeChambeau-Rodgers (-125) | Mickelson-Brady (-106)
First to go up one: DeChambeau-Rodgers (-137) | Mickelson-Brady (+105)
Longest tee shot Hole 1: Bryson DeChambeau (-200) | Phil Mickelson (+140)
Longest tee shot Hole 6: Bryson DeChambeau (-200) | Phil Mickelson (+140)
Longest tee shot Hole 8: Bryson DeChambeau (-200) | Phil Mickelson (+140)
Leader after six holes (no tie): DeChambeau-Rodgers (-137) | Mickelson-Brady (+105)