The Match is back for another round. In May, Peyton Manning teamed up with Tiger Woods defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson in the second edition of Turner Sports’ “The Match” series of golf matchplay events for charity.
Next month, Manning and Mickelson hit the links against for a good cause, and this time they’ll be joined by two NBA icons.
On Nov. 27, “The Match 3: Champions for Change” will feature Manning, Mickelson, Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, and NBA Hall of Famer and Turner analyst Charles Barkley.
Curry is philanthropically involved with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — including funding Howard University’s golf program — and the upcoming Match will reportedly align with that cause in some way. Capital One will again be the title sponsor for the event.
The previous iteration was simulcast on four of Turner’s networks (TNT, TBS, TruTV, and HLN), and raised about $20 million for COVID-19 relief. The charity match-play event averaged 5.67 million viewers and a 3.4 household rating, rendering it the most-watched golf telecast in cable television history.
That broadcast stood out for Brady splitting his pants during a birdie putt and Barkley’s extremely amusing live commentary.
In 2018, Woods and Mickelson awkwardly small-talked through a one-on-one match for charity. That event streamed on B/R Live and various pay-per-view services, but technical glitches resulted in Turner refunding the $19.99 PPV fee.
During a recent appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast“, noted golf enthusiast Andre Iguodala called his former Warriors teammate the best golfer in the NBA. Stephen Curry is known to be a scratch player, and he previously expressed his interest in taking part in the next Match.
now we cooking! The US Open medal convo got my dying….then Phil bout hits the ball. TB12 waiting for the back 9 like Super Bowl LI…I want in on The Match 3 #TheMatch2
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 24, 2020
Barkley’s game, on the other hand, is not Tour-caliber.