One of golf’s most exciting — and heartwarming — events is making its momentous return for Volume 7.
The Match has brought some of sports’ greatest personalities to the links, all for a good cause. And the tradition is set to continue this week with the seventh iteration of competition taking place.
This one will pit PGA Tour veterans Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy against a pair of their peers in Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. This represents Woods’ third-ever foray into the competition — he’s hoping to improve his record to 2-1 with a win on Saturday.
It’s an event filled to the brim with intrigue and humor, each player expected to sport microphones and riff on each other constantly. Anything backed by the dulcet tones of Charles Barkley tends to be exciting; this year’s iteration of the competition should be no exception.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s clash with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in The Match.
Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy vs. Justin Thomas-Jordan Spieth match date 2022
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
The latest iteration of The Match is slated to take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. ET.
How to watch The Match
- TV channel: TNT, TBS, HLN, TruTV
Viewers can watch this edition of The Match on TNT. Simulcast will be offered on TBS, HLN and TruTV, as well. The Match can be streamed via Sling TV.
TNT golf announcer Brian Anderson will handle the shot-by-shot breakdown of all the action. He’ll be joined by NBA Hall of Famer-turned-funny man Charles Barkley and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, as well as on-course reporter Kathryn Tappen.
Where is The Match in 2022?
- Location: Pelican Golf Club, Belleair, Fla.
The Match will be held at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. A lush green course that overlooks the sparkling beaches of one of Florida’s favorite tourist spots, the 6,933-yard course hosts a number of official events, including the LPGA’s annual Pelican Women’s Championship.
The Match format
Unlike the format used when NFL superstars Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady took part in The Match earlier this year, Woods, McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth will be graded using a best-ball system. Each player will play their own ball and the best individual score from each pairing will be tallied for each hole. Each golfer will take shots on 12 holes.
The Match purse 2022: How much money will be raised for charity?
The numbers surrounding the amount of money The Match will raise have not yet been published. However, what we do know is the four golfers are competing to raise money for Hurricane Ian relief.
The event has been a real hit in the past, raising over $33 million in aid for various charities.
Who has won The Match in previous years?
The Match dates back to 2018, with Phil Mickelson beating Woods to capture the inaugural competition.
Eighteen months later, Woods got his payback, teaming with Peyton Manning to fell Mickelson and teammate Tom Brady.
Woods took a hiatus from the event thereafter. In his stead came the Manning-Stephen Curry team, which dropped its matchup with Mickelson and Charles Barkley in late 2020.
2021 saw Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers get into the event, giving the Mickelson-Brady duo its second straight defeat. DeChambeau wouldn’t keep the winning ways for long, though, falling to Brooks Koepka in a one-on-one matchup later in the year.
Earlier this year, it was the QB tandem of Brady and Rodgers that earned a momentous victory over young guns Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.
|Nov. 23, 2018||“The Match: Tiger vs. Phil”||Phil Mickelson||Tiger Woods|
|May 24, 2020||“The Match: Champions for Charity”||Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning||Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady|
|Nov. 27, 2020||“The Match: Champions for Change”||Phil Mickelson-Charles Barkley||Peyton Manning-Stephen Curry|
|July 6, 2021||“The Match IV”||Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers||Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady|
|Nov. 26, 2021||“The Match: Bryson vs. Brooks”||Brooks Koepka||Bryson DeChambeau|
|Jun. 1, 2022||“The Match VI: Brady/Rodgers vs. Allen/Mahomes”||Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers||Josh Allen-Patrick Mahomes|