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Best Tom Brady Moments from The Match

Rob Joyce
May 26, 2020 - 8:26 am

By most measures, "The Match" was a rousing success. The battle between Tigers Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady was the highest-rated golf broadcast in cable history, with 5.9 million viewers. It raised $20 million for COVID-19 research. And for the first time in his professional life, we could all relate to the former Patriots' quarterback for a little while.

On a rainy Sunday in Florida, Brady was undoubtedly the most talked about of the quartet. An adventure off the tee, he struggled in the early going, wound up with the shot of the day, and in the process went full Spongebob Squarepants. Here are the highlights of a fun Sunday at The Medalist.

Holes 1-3: Brady started off shaky, with some wayward early tee shots - and he didn't have the luxury of a breakfast ball on the opening hole. And Tiger made sure to make the six-time Super Bowl champ know about it.

Hole 4: Things were going so poorly for Brady that Charles Barkley - he with perhaps the worst golf swing of all-time - was getting on Tom's case, and baited a $50,000 donation to charity if Brady could hit the green on the par-3. He missed... badly.

Hole 7: A lot of things happened in a span of 521 yards. After six holes of looking like you and me out there, Brady was in the waste on the par-5 seventh off the tee. It was so bad that earlier in the round, Brooks Koepka vowed on Twitter to donate $100,000 if Brady could make par on any hole on the front nine.

Then, basically out of nowhere, the GOAT silenced his growing number of haters.

Of course, it couldn't be all good for Brady on a truly weird Sunday. On the walk up to collect his ball on the seventh hole, his pants split. He leaned into it, though:

Hole 11: That hole-out didn't end all of his issues on the day, but Brady looked more comfortable after dunking it in on the seventh. With he and Mickelson trailing, Lefty grove the green on the 342-yard par-4, setting up a 20-foot eagle putt for Brady. Of course, he came up clutch.

Hole 16: Brady's final notable accomplishment of a truly unusual day came on the final par-3 of the round. Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson pledged $100,000 for every ball stuck inside of 12 feet, in the process using some creative editing skills to amuse us social media users.

It looks like the golfers all got the last laugh, though, as Brady, Manning and Mickelson all accomplished the feat, making Wilson's pocket $300,000 lighter (Tiger, meanwhile, was about 25 feet away for birdie).

In the end the Woods-Manning duo won, though it was close. But the undoubted talk of the town on Sunday was the newest Buccaneer, Tom Brady.