Tiger and Rory vs. Spieth and JT: Top moments from The Match

Tiger and Rory vs. Spieth and JT: Top moments from The Match

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    Mark SchlabachESPN Senior Writer


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It might not have been as compelling as some had hoped, but at least golf fans got to watch Tiger Woods on a golf course — under the lights on a Saturday night, no less.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas took down Woods and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy 3 and 2 in 10 holes of the seventh edition of The Match at Pelican Golf Club outside Tampa, Florida.

Woods, who was competing for the first time since missing the cut at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July, had a few good moments but the competition belonged to Spieth and JT. The winning team combined to make seven birdies, which was enough to defeat their opponents. McIlroy and Woods combined for only one.

Despite the fact that it was a great night and a lot of fun, millions of dollars were raised for relief efforts in Florida following Hurricane Ian’s devastation.

“The ability to do something under the light that never happened before in our sport, and to be able grow it in another way,” Woods said to TNT when asked what he will remember most. “Also, the people that were affected by Hurricane Ian. We were able create a lot of funds, a lot of opportunities for people to grow back here, and that’s very important. We’re Floridians. From the eastern side, I know what devastation it can cause. These people have no homes or lives and it’s a tragedy. I’m glad that we were able to all come together to do something about it. “

Woods, 46, has competed in two previous editions of The Match, but it was the debuts for McIlroy, Spieth and Thomas. Here’s how The Match played out:

That’s a wrap

And that’s that. Rory and Tiger were defeated by JT and Spieth. After Spieth’s winning putt, Thomas said that second place was not bad.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 11, 2022

Introducing Alabama University

It always goes back to the Iron Bowl. Charles Barkley, a former Auburn basketball player, made JT feel awful about “Alabama University”. “

The JT-Chuck rivalry has been a highlight #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/AT2IcwcBh9

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 11, 2022

Turning up the trash talk

Rory and Tiger get a hole back and sprinkle in a little trash talk #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/Rth3EfHQuS

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 11, 2022

A look into the future?

The year is 2055. The Match will be played at a new Mars country club. Charles Barkley makes a funny comment. I follow up with a stupid tweet of envy. Tiger holes an 8 footer on the last to beat Spieth’s son 1-up

— max homa (@maxhoma23) December 11, 2022

JT and Spieth lead the way

These guys are good. Using just a 5-wood on a one-club challenge on the 455-yard, par-4 fourth hole, JT somehow makes par. After four holes, JT and Spieth are both 3-up. Rory and Tiger have a lot of work ahead.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 11, 2022

Here comes Charlie

Woods said his 13-year-old son, Charlie, still hasn’t beaten him but recently outdrove him. I hate to admit it, but it is true. Woods stated that he finally did it a few weeks ago. Tiger said that Charlie will beat him one day soon. They will play together at next week’s PNC Championship.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 11, 2022

Early check-in with Tiger

Charles Barkley with a serious journalistic question to Woods: “How’s your foot?” Tiger’s reply: “It’s still attached.” It’s good. “

Staying hydrated

It’s real golf now — and John Daly isn’t even there.

Justin Thomas already with a Coors Light cracked open in the cart, in case you’re doubting the seriousness of tonight’s festivities. pic.twitter.com/ECAoqlwvXC

— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) December 10, 2022

Under the lights

We’re minutes away from the start of the seventh edition of The Match, and as Woods pointed out, it’s the first time it will be played entirely under the lights.

A special Saturday red for Tiger. pic.twitter.com/ogQYtzQgTR

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 10, 2022

Lefty sends regards

Raise your hand if you were expecting an olive branch from Mickelson today.

I’m proud to have been a part of the creation of The Match. Today’s version will be funny, insightful, and entertaining. I wish Tiger,Rory and JT all the best. It will be on TNT, and I’m looking forward to it.

— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) December 10, 2022

Setting the scene

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 10, 2022

Carts are lit up and ready#CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/ONiAFqtxpF

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 10, 2022

Previewing The Match

Woods, a 15-time major champion, plans to compete even as he is struggling to recover from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He was forced to pull out of last week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, which benefits his foundation, and told reporters there that doctors advised him that the painful condition is related to injuries he suffered in a car wreck outside Los Angeles in February 2021.

Woods said being able to use a golf cart will help him tremendously, and that “it’s just hard getting from point A to point B.” He only competed in nine rounds in the three majors last season. His last start was a missed cut at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July.

Golf enthusiasts will be delighted to see Woods again swinging a club. He plans to play next week in Orlando, Florida with his son Charlie. Woods will again be able to use a cart in that 36-hole event. Charles Barkley, a former NBA great, will once again provide commentary during The Match. There is sure to be lots of humor. And it’s hard to imagine that there won’t be a few jabs at LIV Golf and its CEO and commissioner, two-time Open winner Greg Norman, during what might be an infomercial for the PGA Tour. Last week, McIlroy told the Independent of London that he plans “to make it my business now to be as much of a pain in [Norman’s] arse as possible. McIlroy claims that while the golfers are friendly rivals, none of them like losing.

“I have been on the wrong side in the Ryder Cup and I want to get it back on them,” stated McIlroy. “I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I don’t think the partner I had against them before Saturday night is comparable to the one I will have. “

The 12-hole match will start at 6 p.m. ET and will be played under the lights. It’s a best ball format in which each player plays his individual ball on holes. The team score is determined by the lowest score of both players.

” I can tell you that I have the No. Woods stated that he is the No. 1 player in the world on his team. “He’ll have the most amazing cheerleader he’s ever seen. “

McIlroy expects more from his teammate.

Thomas and Spieth are slight favorites (-130) over McIlroy and Woods ( 110), according to oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook. McIlroy stated

“[Tiger was] probably the greatest iron player that has ever lived.” “Perhaps the greatest golfer to have ever lived. If he can get it out on the fairway and get some views from the fairway, I think there’s a good chance. “

There will be lots of friendly trash-talking, starting with the first tee shots.

“It is difficult to trash-talk them,” Thomas stated. “I feel like Jordan and I need to make it clear that we both have more majors than we do, we have more FedEx Cups and you both have an aircraft. Let’s not let that get in the way of our match. “

“They’re both quick and witty,” Spieth said. Justin said that he might suggest the nice guy route. This is unusual for us in these types matches. “

” “It won’t work either way,” Woods said.

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