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After a lot of hype and some trash talking — hey, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson know how to promote — the time for the golf showdown has arrived.
It’s Woods/Manning vs. Mickelson/Brady, with the proceeds going to benefit coronavirus relief.
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We’ll be here throughout, with hole-by-hole updates.
New Twitter user Eli Manning was locked in, rooting on his brother:
Leaderboard: Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady: Tied
No. 2: Par 4
Manning made a wardrobe change, switching to a NOLA hat. It worked, as he hit a perfect drive and second shot. Brady, well, things didn’t get much better. His second shot from the bunker went into the hazard. It was so bad, the six-time Super Bowl champ even apologized to Mickelson. Luckily, it’s best-ball format on the front nine, meaning Mickelson’s par bailed them out. Woods and Manning posted an easy par, even as Manning heckled his opponents for talking a little too loudly as he lined up his birdie putt.
No. 1: Par 4
After a 45-minute weather delay, it wasn’t the prettiest first hole. Mickelson, Brady and Manning all with ugly tee shots. Manning’s was so bad that he had to take an unplayable lie and a drop. Woods split the fairway with his and tossed in a club twirl. “I have to follow that,” Brady grumbled. But then Woods found a way to fit in with the group, hitting a weak approach shot with a short iron. Brady and Manning eventually moved out of the way, leaving Phil and Tiger to grind out 5-footers for par to tie the hole.
“That was a little shaky, for me,” Mickelson said. “Now let’s go freakin’ play.”
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