Hole-by-hole recap: The Match II with Woods/Manning vs. Mickelson/Brady

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are at it again, this time with two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

The Match: Champions for Charity, also known as The Match II, will match Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

The format for the match will be four-ball on the front nine, with the fifth hole being a one-club challenge, while the back nine will be played using modified alternate shot in which the teams select the best drive and play alternate shot from there.

Brady and Manning will each get a stroke on hole Nos. 3, 6 and 8.

And here we go:

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 408 yards

OK, we’ve arrived at the one-club challenge. Woods going with 4-iron and finds the fairway. Mickelson chooses 6-iron and hooks it into the woods. “Not swinging it great right now,” Mickelson said. Manning joins him in the trees. Brady? Well, he’s in the water left and is seriously confused as to where to drop his ball. Woods with a good dig after Mickelson asks him to mark his ball as Mickelson prepares to hit his third shot. “Want me to mark it with one of my U.S. Open medals?” Woods asks, before lipping out his 6-footer for par. Brutal. Hole is halved with bogeys.

Match status: Woods/Manning lead, 2 up thru 5


Hole No. 4: Par 3, 190 yards

Manning and Woods hit a couple of beauties onto the green while Brady is 50 yards right – even after a challenge from Charles Barkley. Mickelson misses the green right. Manning then steps up and pours in a 20-footer for birdie.

Match status: Woods/Manning lead, 2 up thru 4


Hole No. 3: Par 5, 554 yards

Mickelson gets ready to hit a bomb for the long-drive contest here. “I already have the coffee, I just need to activate the calves and step on one. This one’s for you Workday,” he said. Mickelson then blew one well left into the trees. Woods finds the fairway and wins the $1.5 million prize for his charity. Brady slices another one into the woods and has to re-tee, so he’s out again, even with a stroke.

Manning is in the bushes, too. This isn’t good for the amateurs so far. Woods’ second shot runs through the fairway, as does Mickelson’s third after laying up out of the trees. Mickelson and Manning need to get up and down for their pars (Manning’s net par) while Woods can win the hole with an up-and-down birdie. And he does with a conceded birdie after Mickelson misses his par putt.

Match status: Woods/Manning lead, 1 up thru 3


Hole No. 2: Par 4, 467 yards

Mickelson and Woods find the second fairway from what looks like one of the smallest tee boxes in America. Up ahead, Manning and Brady join them, but Brady hits his second out of play and is quickly out of another hole. Manning hits a nice shot onto the left edge of the green while Woods will also have a look at birdie. Mickelson misses the green long and right, but after a detailed shot explanation, converts a nice chip and completes the up-and-down par. Manning misses, and so does Woods, with Woods saying to himself, “Oh, Tiger, hit the damn thing.” Another hole halved with pars after Mickelson gives a delayed concession.

Match status: All square thru 2


Hole No. 1: Par 4, 399 yards

After nearly an hour rain delay, the match is underway – and with some Samuel L. Jackson introductions. Manning and Brady hit awful drives – Manning found the palmetto bushes and had to drop – and they are quickly out of the hole.

Mickelson missed the fairway well left but snuck a cut shot onto the front of the green. Woods, from the fairway, barely caught the right side of the green. A pair of two-putts by the pros and the first hole – a sloppy one at best – is halved. “Let’s go frickin’ play now,” Woods says as he walks off the green.

Match status: All square thru 1