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Phil Mickelson, Charles Barkley Win Capital One's 'The Match' vs. Manning, Curry

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 28, 2020

Phil Mickelson chips to the second green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning 4-and-3 in Capital One's "The Match: Champions for Change" on Friday at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona.

The two-on-two charity golf match served to provide contributions to historically Black colleges and universities and Feeding America.

A WarnerMedia press release prior to the event gave more details:     

"Through its association with the event, WarnerMedia will make donations to Morehouse College, Howard University, Alabama A&M, Hampton University and Winston-Salem State University, primarily helping to fund golf or sports journalism programs. Additionally, the four golfers have selected Jackson State (Mickelson), Tuskegee (Barkley) and Howard (Curry), along with Grambling State, Southern University at New Orleans and Lane College (Manning), to be the recipients of their donations.

"WarnerMedia, in coordination with Wheels Up, will also be contributing one million meals through Feeding America this holiday season, while using the platform of the event to help raise additional awareness and funding for hunger relief efforts."

As for the match scoring, Mickelson and Barkley lost the first hole, won the next four and never led by fewer than three holes for the remainder of the event.

Barkley started the match hitting two straight fairways, enabling himself and Mickelson to get all square after the second. The ex-NBA star is known for his unique golf swing, but he was looking pretty good on the range beforehand:

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Not the Charles Barkley swing we remember ... https://t.co/z2LXYukrYf

Perhaps he could thank Tiger Woods, who gave Barkley some gifts in advance via Manning:

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Tiger gave Peyton Manning some gifts to give to Charles Barkley. 😂 https://t.co/K66iv5lOr0

Or maybe he could credit Inside the NBA co-commentator (and friendly rival) Shaquille O'Neal:

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They really put Shaq's face on Chuck's golf balls 😂 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/rmUB65wTKT

O'Neal and the rest of the Inside the NBA crew offered some commentary, with the big man firing a few shots:

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The Inside crew won't stop roasting Chuck 😭 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/6T0BLAb1rs

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“Chuck, if you can’t read words how are you going to read the green?” 🤣 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/1tohamJx5g

On the other team, Manning provided a few highlights on the course, perhaps none better than this approach on No. 2:

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Peyton almost holed out 😳 Score is all even through two holes Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app (@CapitalOne) https://t.co/D3Y3lz0kD9

Curry missed the birdie putt, though, and Mickelson cleaned up for his team for the hole win. 

Barkley had a chance to net $1 million on the short par-four third. The Ford Mustang Mach-E Drivable par 4 challenge was enacted on this hole, and an eagle was worth the seven-figure donation. After a great Mickelson drive, Barkley had a look from 25 feet. He had good pace, but the putt slid right.

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Chuck's reaction after missing this putt 😂 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/bcDnIdgToA

A $100,000 donation was still made, though.

Barkley wasn't the only golfer immune to some friendly trash talk: NBA guard/forward and commentator (and ex-Curry teammate) Andre Iguodala asked a sartorial question of the two-time NBA MVP:

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Iggy already goin’ at @StephenCurry30 😂 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/2hvna6XKYS

Curry and Manning had their chances: They pulled within three-down after Barkley missed a short putt that would have halved the eighth hole.

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Wyd, Chuck 💀 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/jdyPePQtDs

Barkley also had his struggles, as Shot Tracker noted:

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Chuck's accuracy on point 🤣 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/BlQtcjEYPk

However, Curry and Manning had too big of a hill to climb after the front nine:

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.@PhilMickelson and Chuck lead by 3 holes at the turn. Which team comes out on top at #CapitalOnesTheMatch? https://t.co/OhZzuuyyIS

Barkley spent some time among cacti on No. 11, a hole that Curry and Manning won.

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More practice on his golf game than his free throws. 😂 https://t.co/Sn4rvgxtyU

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Chuck hit just about everything but the ball 😅🌵 #CapitalOnesTheMatch https://t.co/bjHpbU1ZZZ

Curry also spent some time in the sand, but it didn't matter as he nearly holed out.

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This shot from @StephenCurry30 🤯 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app (@CapitalOne) https://t.co/xXk0XW9dY7

With his team's situation looking bleak, Curry opted to play some bumper carts with Barkley:

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.@StephenCurry30 trying to crash into Chuck's golf cart 😂 Watch #CapitalOnesTheMatch NOW on TNT and in the B/R app https://t.co/Mln7tvDmvA

In the end, Mickelson won the match for himself and Barkley after making a putt on the 15th to halve the hole with his team four up with three to go.

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.@PhilMickelson clinches it 🔥 #CapitalOnesTheMatch raised $4.4M for HBCUs 🙌 (@CapitalOne) https://t.co/b29YFmJdFW

Most importantly, $5.4 million was raised for HBCUs between $4.4 million by the end of the match and an additional $1 million through bonus challenge holes.

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