Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday.
CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia.
The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said.
“Discussions along these lines have been ongoing for quite some time, but nothing has been approved by the tour,” the PGA Tour said in a statement.
A matchup featuring two of the most famous golfers of their era and two of the all-time greatest NFL quarterbacks would be a rare sporting event during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the sporting world to a halt.
The event would feature a small production crew to film it and each individual would obey “social distancing” recommendations to stay at least 1.8m apart, CNBC said.
Mickelson was asked recently on Twitter about the chances of a round of golf against Woods being livestreamed in the near future, with the American saying: “Working on it.”
When another fan tweeted to Mickelson asking him not to “tease,” the 49-year-old said: “I don’t tease. I’m kinda a sure thing.”
Woods, 44, last competed in mid-February and then withdrew from a number of tournaments with a back injury before the PGA Tour decided to cancel a slew of events because of the pandemic.
Mickelson finished third in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in early February and missed the cut in his next two starts.
Woods and Mickelson played each other in a winner-takes-all US$9 million match play exhibition in November 2018 that was golf’s first venture into pay-per-view.
That event was hyped like a Las Vegas prize fight, but proved more of a pillow fight, with both golfers in a jovial mood, playing for a purse that was put up by sponsors and went to a charity of Mickelson’s choice.
Brady last month joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 years with the New England Patriots, during which he won an NFL-record six Super Bowl titles.
Manning, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, retired in 2016 as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and yards, and is the only five-time winner of the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
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