"The Match IV" is here. Yes, four. Do you remember the first three?
They began back at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas with Phil Mickelson taking on Tiger Woods, right around the Thanksgiving holiday in 2018. Mickelson was + 130 and I bet on him as I felt it should be priced as a pick 'em. Phil won on an extra hole (a par 3) played under the lights.
"The Match II" was during the quarantine in the summer of 2020. Tiger and Phil opposed another once again, but Tiger partnered with Peyton Manning and Phil with Tom Brady. Woods and Manning were favored. I bet on them and won again. It was Tiger's home course and I didn't see Woods letting Mickelson get him again … and let's face it, we were all looking for a good wager last summer.
Honestly, I don’t remember “The Match III.” It was Mickelson and Charles Barkley against Manning and Steph Curry. I'm not sure who won or if there even was a betting line. That ought to give you an idea that these made for charity golf competitions aren't exactly Game 7 of the World Series and betting on them can be akin to handicapping how many hot dogs Joey Chesnutt will eat on Coney Island on July 4 .
But the fourth edition of “The Match” comes with more drama than usual, and drama that can possibly be used as a legitimate handicap. Aaron Rodgers is teaming up with 2020 US Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau, and they will take on the familiar pairing of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Are there two athletes on the planet more involved in headlines, questions and controversy right now than Rodgers and DeChambeau?