History of ‘The Match’ and What To Know Ahead Of The All NFL Affair

The Match, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images for The Match)
The Match, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images for The Match) /

Can young NFL stars outshine future Hall of Famers in the 6th edition of The Match?

The 6th edition of the popular ‘The Match’ series is less than 48 hours away now and anticipation is building ahead of the first-ever all NFL affair.

Future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are set to take on two of the most exciting young talents in football as they square off against Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen in Nevada on Wednesday evening.

The series, which benefits charity, has been largely entertaining ever since its debut back in 2018 and we are surely in store for more of the same this time around.

‘The Match’ History

Tiger vs Phil

The event began in November 2018 with Tiger Woods taking on Phil Mickelson at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, the same course that would later host the 2020 edition of the CJ Cup.

Mickelson triumphed over Tiger Woods in the inaugural edition after 22 holes to claim the 9 million dollar prize and championship belt. Phil after his victory famously claimed that he would never let Tiger forget it saying:

"“I know big picture your career is the greatest of all-time. I’ve seen you do things that are just remarkable. But just know I will not ever let you live this one down. I will bring it up every time I see you. I will wear this belt buckle every time I see you. It’s not the Masters, it’s not the U.S. Open, I know, but it’s something. It’s just nice to have a little something on you.”"

Champions For Charity

NFL stars Peyton Manning and Tom Brady joined the fun for the second edition which was being held at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, this time around.

Tiger exacted revenge on Phil this time as he and his playing partner Peyton Manning went on to beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady by a 1UP margin.

Champions For Change

‘The Match’ returned in November of 2020 with Phil Mickelson back for a third consecutive time.

NBA Hall Of Famer Charles Barkley partnered with Phil for the third edition of the event which took place at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona, this time.

Peyton Manning featured again and he also had a new playing partner in NBA star Steph Curry.

The duo was beaten by a 4 and 3 margin with Mickelson and Barkley emerging victorious, it was Mickelson’s second win in the popular series in three attempts.

The Match IV

The fourth edition of ‘The Match’ took place in July of 2021 as Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady teamed up for a second time.

Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau and future Hall of Fame Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made their debut in the event. The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, was the host site this time around.

Phil and Brady were beaten by a 3 and 2 margin in Montana as the duo suffered their second defeat as a partnership in the series.

"“I thought we played really well today, we made a lot of birdies, shot quite a few under par, but these guys played better,” Mickelson said."

Bryson vs Brooks

The fifth edition of the series saw rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau go head to head at Wynn Golf Club in Paradise, Nevada, last November.

DeChambeau, who was back for a second consecutive time, suffered a pretty hefty defeat to his rival as Koepka went on to win by a 5 and 3 margin.

Brooks was more than happy to dish out the beating on his rival saying after:

"“I’m not going to lie. I just wanted to spank him.”"

The Match 6

This will be the first time that the event has not featured a professional golfer as the all-star NFL cast take the spotlight.

The sixth edition of ‘The Match’ series will once again take place at the Wynn Golf Club in Paradise, Nevada, on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm ET.

The NFL stars will compete across 12 holes under a Match Play (Alternate Shot) format.

Who is the favorite?

(Odds Courtesy of WynnBet)

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are currently the favorites at -180, both future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks have prior experience in this event, and Rodgers is generally considered to be the best golfer of the bunch.

Josh Allen, who did play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, and his playing partner Patrick Mahomes are listed at +155 to pull off the upset.

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Pick to win ‘The Match 6’

The experience of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers prevails this time around, this in spite of the fact that the underdog has triumphed several times in the history of the series.