Tiger Woods, Manning, Mickelson & Brady Raise $20 Million For COVID-19 Relief

In a battle of the GOATS on the greens, Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods teamed up to defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady 1UP in a charity match to raise money for COVID-19 relief. 

The Match: Champions for Charity saw the legends face-off at Tiger’s personal course, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

The match aired on TBS with no spectators present. Together, four of the elite athletes in the history of American sports, raised $19,729,106 dollars during a match that was witty and entertaining. Just seeing athletes of that caliber engaging in some kind of competition was fulfilling to sports fans who have been going crazy, dealing with this pandemic and awaiting the reopening of sports on the amateur and professional levels. 

Turner Sports kicked in the rest to raise to an even $20 million. 

Mickelson and Brady both started sluggishly but made a huge run on that back nine. 

“My man (Tom Brady) hit some really great shots on this back nine and we fought hard…” Mickelson said. “I was a little nervous on the front nine and my man kept us in there and on the back he really shined and hit some great shots and we made a run and came really close.” 

Sounds like typical Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champ has a knack for rising in crunch time. Also kind of sounded like vintage Mickelson — just coming up short.  

While he was more than happy to raise money for COVID victims, Brady, didn’t appear pleased with the L and didn’t say much after the match. 

Said two-time Super Bowl champion and Peyton Manning, who holds numerous NFL record including 4,000-yard passing seasons (14), single-season passing yards (5,477 in 2013), single-season passing touchdowns (55 in 2013): 

 “Phil said he was nervous…imagine Tom and I…to go behind the ropes in this guy’s world and kind of be in the arena with them was really a special experience. I was not comfortable the entire time from the first tee… knowing that $20 million was being raised. 

Tiger Woods chimed in: “I like that we all came together and were able to raise money for those affected. Hats off to them.” 

Tiger avenges the loss he took to Mickelson in November of 2018  in “The Match”, a grueling, 22-hole made-for-tv battle between the rivals. Mickelson took the bragging rights and the $9 million purse. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.