Twitter Reacts to Team Tiger vs. Team Phil Capital One's the Match Top Moments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2020

HOBE SOUND, FLORIDA - MAY 24: Tiger Woods and former NFL player Peyton Manning look on from the fourth green during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for The Match)
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Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning took down Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in Capital One's "The Match: Champions for Charity" on Sunday at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Woods and Manning were in control for most of the day, going 1 up on the third hole and never trailing. When the format changed to alternate shot on the back nine, Mickelson and Brady mounted a comeback yet fell short.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing the sports world into disarray, The Match provided exactly the reprieve fans needed.


Woods, Manning Form Dynamic Duo

Brady should've known he was in trouble the moment Manning started dishing out the trash talk. The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback was already in peak form during warmups:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Peyton says he should’ve brought Eli or Nick Foles to caddy against Brady 💀 @brgridiron #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/mGDiNrpuVZ

Woods hadn't competed in a PGA Tour event since the Genesis Invitational in February. He intended to compete in the Players Championship before back problems forced him to withdraw.

Perhaps that extended time off was beneficial because many thought the 15-time major champion looked great in what was admittedly a more laid-back setting:

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Not being talked about enough.... Tiger is ALL THE WAY BACK

Daniel Rapaport @Daniel_Rapaport

It's a charity match, he's playing with his buddies, it's his home course, so we're not going to overreact... ...but we've seen three swings which is MORE THAN ENOUGH and yeah, Tiger looks healthy and his swing looks v good 👀👀👀

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Tiger was definitely winning The Masters if it was played at it’s normal date. #TheMatch

Woods and Manning lost ground on the back nine, which led some to wonder whether the 14-time Pro Bowler was reliving history:

Greg A. Bedard @GregABedard

Peyton’s gotten really quiet. I’ve seen this before https://t.co/wpzTBFgfSS

kang👎 @jaycaspiankang

lol peyton’s cooked, man. He’s seeing ed reed everywhere between him and the cup. this is over

Manning had the final word in his on-field rivalry with Brady when the Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the 2016 AFC Championship. Now, he'll have bragging rights on the golf course, as well.


Brady Briefly Silences the Haters

Brady delivered the day's best shot when he holed out from the fairway on No. 7:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

TOM BRADY. WOW. Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch now on TNT https://t.co/k4Au3SOpSU

The 42-year-old is perhaps the greatest quarterback in NFL history and has six Super Bowl titles to his name. Fans have come to expect a level of greatness from him on the gridiron.

His masterful approach on the seventh hole, however, was his first positive development as he endured a brutal start to the round:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

"That'll be in the fairway...on seven" Tiger showing TB12 no mercy 😂 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch now on TNT https://t.co/YNMXpOCPCH

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Chuck said he'd throw in $50K if Brady could hit the green... Wasn't even close 😅 (➡️@Progressive) https://t.co/9bVGnaYNBx

Early on, Brady was catching all kinds of heat on social media:

Robert Mays @robertmays

They should make an entire series of Tom Brady being bad at stuff, just to make us all feel better. "Come watch the greatest QB ever botch this omelette, Sunday night at 8, only on NBC."

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Tom Brady is at that place right now where jokes are not funny. #TheMatch2

SportsNation @SportsNation

Tom Brady on the football field vs. the golf course: https://t.co/wAgKM68H2P

Sean Payton @SeanPayton

I'm liking this Florida @TomBrady right now. #TNT

andyroddick @andyroddick

I feel like this is the first opportunity Twitter has ever had to make fun of @tombrady . Let’s make it count. Might never happen again

His day even included a wardrobe malfunction:

The Ringer @ringer

I will only watch the Tom Brady documentary if this pants-splitting incident is included

Grind City Media @grindcitymedia

Legendary pants rips. #TheMatch https://t.co/bVEw5Wl98J

Brady almost had the last laugh as he and Mickelson nearly staged an improbable come-from-behind victory. What had been a 3-up lead through 10 holes for Woods and Manning became a 1-up lead through 14. Woods and Manning did just enough to hold on at the end.


Mother Nature Provides Early Hurdle

The Match was originally supposed to tee off at 3 p.m. ET but was delayed until 3:45 p.m. due to steady rainfall in Hobe Sound.

Considering how the course looked only hours before the event started, simply staging the round was a minor miracle:

Kyle Porter @KylePorterCBS

I think they can get it in soon. https://t.co/6WT7vnoPQT

Golf Digest @GolfDigest

The weather for The Match: Champions for Charity doesn't look too promising. 😳 https://t.co/i5ydHW1hRK

The four stars didn't let the weather disrupt their preparations, either:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Live sports with four 🐐’s Rain or shine. #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/hlcUoDamcx

PGA Tour pro Max Homa made the joke everybody was thinking about as they looked at a soggy Medalist Golf Club:

max homa @maxhoma23

Brain: don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it My twitter brain: https://t.co/DkznuE5twu

Standing water was an issue in some spots of the course, and the greens played much slower than they had been for Saturday's practice round. Otherwise, the conditions weren't too troublesome until a downpour began on the 13th hole.

Should The Match return for a third installment later this year or in 2021, organizers may not have to look far to find a star to fill one of the amateur slots. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry tweeted, "I want in on The Match 3."

Given Curry's golf prowess, the bar would be high to find a non-golfer of similar quality.