This Sunday, May 24, at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be two of the stars in a COVID-19 fundraising tournament alongside a pair of other athletes who know something about sharing their sport’s spotlight – National Football League (NFL) icons Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Tiger Woods Vs Phil Mickelson – Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity features the two teams playing a four-ball (best-ball) format on the front nine and a modified alternate-shot format on the back.
Woods and Mickelson have an extensive history competing together, having played in the same grouping 37 times on Tour, with Woods shooting the better score 18 times to Mickelson’s 15.
However, the global stardom of Tiger Woods Vs Phil Mickelson stretches far beyond the American audience they most often play in front of.
The same cannot necessarily be said of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, the PGA Tour pros’ playing partners in Sunday’s charity event. Though their high-profile stature as National Football League quarterbacks may make them superstars in the United States, their exploits are not quite as well known on an international scale, given the distinctive American popularity of their sport.
However surprisingly their NFL career earnings dwarf the PGA stars. Woods/Mickelson: U.S.$211,960,219; Brady/Manning: U.S.$483,898,804.
Anyway, it is all in a good cause, and I am sure a large chunk of the money will come from the sponsors’ logos on the golf bags and polo shirts.