Trash conversation would take Woods-Manning against Mickelson-Brady to an epic level


Regardless of the outcome of the game or the quality of the golf played, Sunday’s charity clash between Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady will be great fun and a great show.

It is, after all, live golf featuring the biggest stars of this generation in golf and football on a cool golf course, Medalist, which has some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour as members … And it is planned to raise some $ 10 million for Relief COVID-19.

Add to that the curiosity factor to see Brady and Manning, outside of their sporting element, playing golf with Woods and Mickelson, should be pure and raw entertainment.

All of this adds up to an automatic recipe for success.

You know what will make the dish even more delicious, however?

Some jokes, even salty, among the four players, who will all be micro for the match.

If there could be a complaint about last Sunday’s COVID-19 relief charity match between Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson playing Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, it’s that the jokes on the microphone between them fell surprisingly flat.

When Woods and Mickelson clashed in this $ 9 million mano-a-mano win-win match in November 2018, the two players were on the microphone, but the back-and-forth was more difficult than entertaining – especially when Mickelson took the lead on the return nine and Woods, struggling to stay in the game, got carried away.

Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson pose for a photo during Saturday's free practice in preparation for their Sunday game.
Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson pose for a photo during Saturday’s free practice in preparation for their Sunday game.Getty Images for the match

If the weeks and days leading up to Sunday’s game are any indication, there may be colored needles among Medalist players.

Mickelson, after all, wears one of the sharpest needles on the PGA Tour, and Manning is highly underrated for his comedic appeal, having managed to host “Saturday Night Live” during the day and is currently hosting the entertaining short film ” Peyton’s Places ”on ESPN.

Woods is more kept with his beards, but has a discreet way of passing his points. Among the four participants, Brady probably appears to be the most serious, so his contribution to banter is less certain.

What is certain is this: Phil Mickelson is primed.

In an interview with The Post last week, he jumped off the phone with his speech, making fun of Woods in particular.

“I am delighted to be going to Tiger’s home course,” said Mickelson. “He insisted that we do it at his home lesson. He wasn’t glad he lost the first time [in Las Vegas]. And he wants to win badly the second time, so much so that everyone wanted to play elsewhere and he insisted that we do it on his home course. It just makes me and Tom more motivated to go to his home lesson and beat him.

“Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there. It is very good. We will take it to him and Peyton, and there will be no excuses. Tom and I will go there and offer it to them. We will make sure that every time Tiger shows up at his home lesson, he has a bad memory. “

Mickelson embraces the fact that he and Brady are the betting outsiders.

“We absolutely must be outsiders,” he said. “We’re going to be at Tiger’s house, and you have Peyton [two] inferior shots to Tom on his handicap. … So, absolutely, they should be favored, but that motivates us even more Tom and me. They will have no excuse when we dominate them. “

In a recent television interview with the four players to promote the event, when Mickelson bragged about his $ 9 million win in Vegas, Woods got up from his chair and retrieved the green jacket from his fifth win in Masters (Mickelson has three) and jokingly used it as a cover.

Hopefully more from this Sunday. Mickelson seems ready to provide it. Hopefully Woods will bring his game A to the sharp tongue.

“Phil thrives on this talkative spread,” Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee told The Post last week. “He loves to put the needle, so I think Phil will be the one who will point him the most. “

As for Woods?

“Throughout my life watching Tiger, listening to him and even playing against him, I have always been amazed at how humble he is,” said Chamblee. “He never really talked about slap. He doesn’t walk around like a peacock, he’s not big players. By all comparisons, he was damn humble. Tiger never needed a needle. »»

Hopefully Woods and the rest of the players will use the needle generously on Sunday. It will only add to what is already there to be a fun watch.


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