While most of the U.S.-based professional Tours are off this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be some golf on Friday worth tuning into while you recover from all the turkey you ingested the day prior: The Match III. You can tune in on Friday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. ET on TNT to see the action live.
The third exhibition of its kind will sorely miss Tiger Woods, but Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Change will sill have Phil Mickelson involved, this time teaming up with Charles Barkley to take on Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
While the announcement of the event leaked out a few months back, with the event taking place later this week on Black Friday, the
marketing machine trash talk ratcheted up over the weekend as Mickelson, Curry and even the marketing department took turns ragging on Barkley for his lack of championship victories and his notoriously poor golf game.
The Match is just over one week away!@StephenCurry30 I try to not let logic, reason, or Chuck’s swing get in the way of my smack talk, so let me just say, you and Peyton are going to be taken down by the worst swing in golf and “that’s gonna leave a mark.” (Tommy Boy) pic.twitter.com/iTfUVCzvBp
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) November 19, 2020
“I do think we’re going to be able to come out on top,” Mickelson said.” We’re going to find a way, we’re just going to find a way. And Charles, out of the three of us, has not really won his championship. Peyton’s won Super Bowls, I’ve been able to win some majors on tour, Steph’s won the NBA Championship. Charles never did. Now, he won the gold medal in the Olympics, but I view this as a chance for him to finally get his championship.”
Curry took it a step farther appearing on the No Laying Up podcast last week.
“This one’s going to be dope just because, obviously there’s Phil, there’s me, there’s Peyton, and then way down there is Chuck, so he’s going to embarrass himself for sure,” he said.” It’s just going to be mad fun to rag on him all day.”
We all know Charles Barkley is not the greatest golfer, with a herky-jerky swing that pains even the most average of amateur golfers. Given Phil Mickelson is the only pro golfer involved, it makes sense that he is paired with Barkley as a handicap of sorts.
However, the contest will provide a bit of help to Barkley. Earlier this month, Mickelson said that Barkley will be playing on closer tees to make up for the handicap his swing brings.
The trash talk then took to social media where Phil didn’t so much defend his parter as he did share his belief that he wouldn’t necessarily bring him down.
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) November 21, 2020
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 21, 2020
While it’s easy to poke fun at Barkley’s struggles with the hitch in his swing, there have been signs of improvement thanks to some work he’s been able to do with Stan Utley.
That hasn’t stopped the trash talk from accumulating, however. It’ll be interesting which version of Barkely’s swing shows up on Friday at 3 p.m. on TNT, the one above or the one below.
Losing to this swing will be DEVASTATING 😂 https://t.co/wuiqHpQU9i
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) November 22, 2020
By Chris Chaney on SwingU.
Tiger Woods has to routinely block Bubba Watson’s phone number
Tiger Woods is notoriously private. Bubba Watson, not so much, willing to share everything and anything on his social platforms. Not surprising, then, that Woods apparently has to routinely block Bubba’s phone number.
At least, that’s the word according to Watson.
Making media rounds for his new CBD sponsorship, Watson visited the Dan Patrick Show this week. When the eponymous host asked Watson if he had Tiger’s phone number and if he texts him, Watson replied, “Sometimes,” forcing Patrick to inquire further.
“He’s blocked me before,” Watson said to laughter. “He changes his number quite a bit.”
Watson explained he’ll receive Tiger’s new digits at team events like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
“You get every player’s number, so y’all can have a group text going,” Watson said. “And so even if he blocks me, I get it that week and then I’ll have it for a little bit.”
So what does Watson do to get himself blocked?
“I send him so many text messages,” Watson replied. “Just random stuff like ‘Look at this, it’s a bottle of water. Oh here’s this.’ So that might be why he blocked me. But for that one week when we’re on the team together, I love to just send him random stuff. And he’s like ‘Can you please stop?’”
That would do it. The interview is below, which randomly includes a photo of Woods dying his hair in the mid-2000s. For a guy campaigning to be Tiger’s assistant at the Presidents Cup, Watson is not doing himself any favors.
By Joel Beall on Golf Digest.
Bubba Watson, Harold Varner III help Rocket Mortgage Classic top $1M for charity
The nine-hole exhibition match between Bubba Watson and Harold Varner III against Jason Day and Wesley Bryan at The Rocket Mortgage Classic helped raise more than $1 million toward the tournament’s charity initiative Wednesday.
Watson and Varner won the match and Watson donated $25,000 to Changing the Course.
Rickie Fowler, who is sponsored by Rocket Mortgage and the tournament ambassador, also donated $100,000. Rocket Mortgage CEO Jay Farner pledged $250,000, matching the donation by Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri. The rest of the money came from fans and players.
“When Bubba heard what we were doing with Changing the Course, he let us know he wanted to support the effort however he could, so he put this match together pretty quickly and we can’t thank him enough for getting behind what we’re doing,” Farner said on Golf Channel. “I was talking to Dan Gilbert about how we could spice things up a bit today, so any money that is raised today will be matched by Rocket Mortgage. And when we match the $250,000 donated by Workday, we’ve already got a half-million dollars raised toward Changing the Course. We encourage everyone else to get involved and start making donations.”
All donations will go toward providing internet access, as well as technology and digital literacy training, to Detroit residents as part of the Changing the Course initiative.
Along with donations from the event Wednesday, if a player scores a 3-1-3 on holes 14, 15 and 16 during the tournament, it will trigger a $313,000 donation in their name from what is called the AREA 313 Challenge.
A new wrinkle to the donations this year: Any 3, 1 or 3 individually carded on 14, 15 and 16 respectively will bring a donation of $5,000, $25,000 and $5,000. The tournament raised $1.2 million for charity last year and tournament director Jason Langwell said earlier in the week that he believes they will match or exceed that number in 2020.
By Tom Van Haaren on ESPN