Two golf and two football legends will meet in a historic charity tournament that will help raise funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson join the stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, idols of the most popular sport in the United States.
The tournament, which is already being called “The Match: Champions for Charity,” does not yet have an official date and place to take place. The Action Network media channel speculates the realization in May, somewhere in Florida, in the southern United States. The organization of the event will also inform the official dates.
Woods, Mickelson, Brady, and Manning are already discussing the meeting on social media. Hexa Super Bowl champion Tom Brady suggests that his partner be Phil Mickelson, leaving Tiger Woods with Peyton Manning.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 23, 2020
“I never had a hard time beating the Colts or any tiger, I don’t see anything different happening this time,” joked Brady.
Colts is a reference to Indianapolis Colts, the NFL team that enshrined rival Peyton Manning and who was always losing to the New England Patriots, Brady’s former club when they met. The “tiger” part refers to the golfer Tiger Woods’ first name, in addition to remembering another NFL team that suffered at the hands of Brady and has the cat as a mascot: the Cincinnati Bengals.
In November 2018, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods faced off in a charity tournament in Las Vegas that raised more than nine million dollars (about 47 million reais), without the presence of football players. On that occasion, Mickelson came out with the victory.
The duel will be broadcast live on American TV. It will be the first time that a high-profile tournament with professional players had aired in the United States since March when the pandemic began to hit the country.
Because they are members of the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson need the authorization to compete in any competition not held by the entity. According to the American ESPN, this has not yet been given to them, since they are still working on security measures so that the competition does not cause risks to anyone.
“We are going to have a lot of fun. But what matters is the purpose of being together. We want to help people affected by the coronavirus,” analyzed Tiger Woods.