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‘The Match 2’ golf odds, prediction for Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady

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'The Match 2' golf odds, prediction for Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play their much-anticipated sequel to the “The Match” nearly two years after the first one. This time, the money on the line isn’t for themselves and they won’t be playing alone.

“Tiger vs. Phil II” has become “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a pro-am special PGA event that has Woods paired with Peyton Manning and Mickelson paired with Tom Brady. The Super Bowl champion QBs will be joining the major champion golfers to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

But with four of sport’s greatest all-time competitors and the trash talk already being exchanged before this Sunday’s match (3 p.m. ET, TNT, TBS, TruTV, HLN) at Medalist Golf Course (Hobe Sound, Fla.), it’s a less casual friendly game and more an intense battle for bragging rights.

When Woods and Manning tee off against Mickelson and Brady on Sunday, the format will be match play with a twist. For the front nine of the 18-hole tournament, scoring will be based on four ball (also known as “best ball) with the lowest individual scorer winning the hole for his team. On the fifth hole, there will be a one-club challenge. For the back nine, the match turns into an modified alternative format, in which both players from each team tee off and alternate shots from the preferred drive.

Last time, when it was only Woods vs. Mickelson in November 2018 at Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek Golf Course, Mickelson pulled off thrilling upset as a +160 underdog by winning on the fourth playoff hole, and with it, $9 million. This time, the foursome will be donating a combined $10 million to charity.

Here’s a complete betting guide to The Match: Champions for Charity, including odds and a prediction for Tiger Woods-Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady.

MORE: Is Peyton Manning or Tom Brady a better golfer?

Betting odds for The Match: Champions for Charity

Woods and Manning have been the favorites since “The Match” became official a month ahead of the May 24 event. They started at -200, while Mickelson and Brady were at a familiar +160.

Woods and Manning have seen their odds go down as low as -195, but they are trending toward -225 and -230 with the match imminent. Mickelson and Brady’s best odds are at +165 and their worst odds are at +190.

However you slice it, Woods and Manning are expected to beat the heavy underdogs of Mickelson and Brady.

Prop bets for The Match: Champions for Charity

Here are the best prop bets for The Match: Champions for Charity:

  • Hole 1 winner: Tie -135 | Woods/Manning +250 | Mickelson/Brady +325
  • Leaders afer 9 holes: Woods/Manning -115 | Mickelson/Brady +175 | Tie +400
  • Hole 4 closest to the pin after tee shot: Woods +125 | Mickelson +150 | Manning +550 | Brady +700
  • Hole 4 closest to the pin after tee shot (amateurs only): Manning -165 | Brady +125 
  • Hole 4 closet to the pin after tee shot (professionals only): Woods -130 | Mickelson EVEN
  • Hole on which match will be won: Holes 15-17 +115 | Hole 18 or extra holes +175 | Hole 14 or earlier +275
  • Will there be a hole in one? Yes +6600

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson

First consider Woods has 14-1 odds to win the 2020 Masters, which was pushed back from April to November, while Mickelson is 50-1 for the same major tournament. Second consider that Woods resides in Jupiter Island, Fla, or fewer than six miles away from Medalist, which gives him a strong home-course advantage.

Woods, 44, has one win during the current 2019-20 PGA Tour season, winning the ZOZO Championship in Japan last October. He also finished 9th in the Farmers Insurance Open at San Diego’s Torrey Pines in January.

Mickelson, 49, is no stranger to this position vs. Woods and overcame that in the first edition of “The Match”. His most recent PGA tour victory came in February 2019 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Woods is the clear-cut reason his team has the considerable edge for “The Match,” but he also has a pretty good amateur partner.

Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady

The retired Manning has two Super Bowl rings, while Brady has six. Manning has 186 regular-season wins as a starting NFL QB, while Brady has 219 and counting as he transitons from the Patriots to the Buccaneers. Brady has the decided advantage head-to-head, going 11-6 vs. Manning in his career.

Manning does get the slight nod as the better golfer, however. He carries an impressive 6.4 handicap, a little lower than Brady’s 8.1.

Manning is older at 44 and has been retired from the league for five years, also giving him a lot more time to golf of late than Brady. For example, Manning did play in this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing 9th with his partner, Luke Donald, while Brady, 42, ahead of his free-agent move, didn’t participate. 

Manning made an eagle at Pebble Beach this year, something Brady also experienced when paired with Ricky Barnes — in the same foursome with his now former coach Bill Belichick — in 2014. But Manning also has experience with Woods that Brady doesn’t have with Mickelson. Manning played well with Woods during the past two pro-ams at The Memorial in 2018 and 2019.

When taking account all notable recently retired and active QBs, Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisbeger, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are all better golfers than both. Coming down to only Manning vs Brady, one can easily place Peyton first.

Prediction for The Match: Champions for Charity

There’s a temptation to think Mickelson can pull it off again with help from Brady, the new Floridian. They have been confident in dishing it out to their respective rivals with nice shots off the course.

But when you consider Woods and Manning can boast both the better professional and amateur player in this event, plus Woods’ experience of playing at his neighborhood club, the order is tall for Mickelson and Brady. With Woods losing to Mickelson in 2018, there’s no doubt revenge will provide great extra motivation, while Manning could use some kind of win over Brady.

Winners: Woods-Manning, in 16 holes.

With a knack for storytelling, Evan started News Brig about a year ago. Covering substantial topics under the Sports,, he helps information seep in deeper with creative writing and content management skills.

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HOUSTON — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating.

An arrest affidavit filed Wednesday by Houston police states that the ballplayer-turned-record producer went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.

Washington told investigators Crawford pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her. Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.

When her year-old daughter walked up, she distracted Crawford, who is her father, and Washington ran to call police. Crawford then fled but followed up with threatening cellphone texts to Washington, according to the affidavit.

A message to his attorney, Rusty Hardin, seeking comment was not returned immediately.

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The incident happened a week before a 5-year-old boy and a woman drowned in the backyard pool at Crawford’s Houston home.

From Houston, the 38-year-old Crawford was a four-time All-Star outfielder. He last played in the major leagues in 2016 with the Dodgers.

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Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Jamal Adams joined numerous NFL players in a social media video asking the league to “listen to your players” and step up in defense of black lives after the death of George Floyd.

The Giants and Jets stars were joined Thursday night in the video — which shifts from player to player — by Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and others in response to Floyd, who was black, being killed at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

The league released a statement May 30 and additional social media posts addressing the issue on Thursday. The players, who do not mention commissioner Roger Goodell by name, wanted to hear more.

“On behalf of the National Football League this is what we, the players would like to hear you state,” the players say in the video. “We the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We the National Football League admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We the National Football League believe Black Lives Matter.”

The video also includes Cardinals stars D’Andre Hopkins and Patrick Peterson, Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, Redskins defensive lineman Chase Young, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu.

It asks the league how many times do we need to ask for you “to listen to your players?” They say they will not be silenced, assert their “right to peaceful protest” and that they are Floyd.

“What will it take? For one of use to be murdered by police brutality?” the players say. “What if I was George Floyd?”

The NFL, in addition to its original statement from Goodell stating its commitment to “continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners,” went further Thursday. In a Twitter post on the league’s official account prior to the players’ video being released, the league said, “This is a time of self-reflection for all — the NFL is no exception. We stand with the black community because Black Lives Matter.”

In posts that followed, the league stated that it has supported programs to address systemic racism and plans to donate an additional $20 million to those causes, but knows “we can and need to do more.”

The post comes after Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has since apologized twice, angered teammates and players around the NFL by saying he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” While a number of Brees’ teammates, including Thomas, said they accepted his apology, Adams did not, tweeting the apology was “bulls–t.”

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Olympics: Tokyo exec says make Games decision in spring – Kyodo

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Olympics: Tokyo exec says make Games decision in spring - Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo 2020 executive board member said on Friday organisers will need to monitor the novel coronavirus situation until next spring before deciding whether to go ahead with the Summer Olympics, Kyodo News reported.

A man wearing a protective mask walks past a countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

The comment by lawmaker Toshiaki Endo, one of six vice presidents on the board and a former Olympics minister, marks the first time an organising committee executive has remarked on the timing for a decision on the Games, the news agency said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government took the unprecedented decision in March to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July. A further delay beyond 2021 has been ruled out.

Previously, John Coates, head of the IOC’s inspectorate for Tokyo, said that if by October the new coronavirus outbreak was “being contained but not eradicated” decisions would have to be made on streamlining the Games.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday that organisers were looking at ways to simplify the Games.

Also on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported that organisers had decided against holding a large scale event marking the one-year countdown to the Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers are seeking to cut costs related to the postponement and are also conscious of pandemic risks.

“We cannot hold a lively event while the risk of infection continues,” NHK quoted an unnamed organising committee source as saying.

Tokyo 2020 organising committee representatives did not immediately respond a request for comment.

At last year’s countdown event, organisers unveiled the medals at a ceremony attended by IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and countdown clocks were launched in central Tokyo.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 6.5 million people and killed about 386,000 around the world. Japan has reported some 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher and Jack Tarrant; editing by Jane Wardell/Peter Rutherford

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