Champions for Charity Golf 2020: Champions for Charity on Sunday. The event tees off at 2 p.m. ET at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. The course, conceived by Greg Norman and built with help from Pete Dye, is one of the world’s toughest tracks, and how the iconic quarterbacks rise to the challenge could determine the result.
The match will field former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, teaming with Tiger Woods, against Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson. It will take place Sunday, May 24 at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. The broadcast will be simulcasted on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN at 3 p.m. ET.
Manning won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos during his NFL career. Brady recently left the New England Patriots for Tampa Bay. He won six Super Bowl championships with the Patriots.
Johnson has been keeping tabs on Woods since his days as a golf prodigy. Now, the 44-year-old has 15 major titles and a PGA Tour-record 82 event wins. He won the Zozo Championship in Japan in October and is the defending Masters champion. Woods owns an Official World Golf Ranking of No. 11 and has a 69.7 scoring average in his three tournaments this season. However, he struggled over the weekend in his last outing and finished 11 over par at the Genesis Invitational.
Manning has had plenty of time to work on his game, and Johnson knows the former Colts and Broncos star is brimming with confidence. The 44-year-old holds the NFL record for touchdown passes (55) and passing yards (5,477) in a season and retired after the 2015 campaign. He is a member at Augusta National and once shot 77 there. Manning has been able to play as he juggles filming, while Brady has been forced to study a new playbook to prepare for his first season in Tampa Bay.
Mickelson has plenty of experience and could have the edge mentally after beating Woods in the initial staging of The Match in November 2018. He took the $9 million purse, as well as $400,000 in side bets. The 49-year-old has struggled in his recent events, missing the cut in four of his past five, but finished third at Pebble Beach in February. He remains one of the Tour’s best with his touch around the greens, which should prove highly useful at Medalist.
Brady’s stature has allowed him to play in many high-profile events, and Johnson has seen his fire. The iconic quarterback is an eight handicap and recently became a member at Medalist. He also has privileges at three-time U.S. Open host The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., near his longtime home. He won six Super Bowls with New England, but his time on the course has been limited while he learns a new offense and prepares for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Golf legends Woods and Mickelson will hit first, which could apply more pressure on the NFL legends, especially in the modified alternate shot format on the back nine. Woods and Manning are listed as -190 favorites at William Hill, while Mickelson and Brady are +170 underdogs in the latest Tiger vs. Phil odds. Before making any 2020 Champions for Charity picks, be sure to see the latest Tiger vs. Phil II predictions from SportsLine’s resident golf insider, Sal Johnson.
A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour,” a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world’s top golf statistics database, is coming off a red-hot year on his golf picks that has continued into this season.
He featured Woods in his best bets for the 2019 Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off victories. He nailed the season-ending Tour Championship, pegging Koepka, McIlroy and Xander Schauffele as main contenders to come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, Schauffele was second and Koepka tied for third.
Johnson also has a strong feel for what it takes to win in Florida, and he was all over it in the Tour’s last completed event. At the Honda Classic in March at Palm Beach Gardens, he tabbed Sungjae Im as one of his players to watch, and the 21-year-old got his first PGA Tour win.