Odds and expert selections as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson square off – The Athletic


It’s matchday! The fourth edition of the made-for-TV golf event tees off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. PGA Championship champion Phil Mickelson and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will play Bryson DeChambeau and Green Bay Packers QB  and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers in modified alternate shot match play.

The Match 4 will be played at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. It’s a Jack Nicklaus design that is ranked one of the best private courses in the state. As someone who loves to see new golf courses, this is such a great opportunity to peel the curtain back on all 18 holes at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin. The weather forecast is absolutely perfect, with temperatures in the high 60s and mostly sunny. Most importantly, the event will raise money for Feeding America and other charities.

You can watch it on TBS, TNT, truTV. The pregame show starts at 5:00 p.m., which should time up perfectly with the conclusion of Spain vs. Italy in the Euro 2020 semi-finals. Following ‘The Match,’ game 1 of the NBA finals tips off at 9:00 p.m.

BetMGM has set odds for you to get in on the action from the couch while supporting a great cause. Let’s break it down and pick a side. In addition to the head-to-head matchups, there will be live betting on closest to the hole and other props on BetMGM.

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DeChambeau and Rodgers (-175) vs. Mickelson and Brady (+140)

Phil Mickelson has won two of the first three editions of The Match, and he comes into today’s event as an underdog! How disrespectful. The lone loss came when he and his partner Tom Brady played Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in The Match 2. Let’s be honest, Tom Brady was terrible during that competition and cost the team the match despite a late comeback. No matter how many fans you play in front of on NFL Sundays, there is something very different about having to make good golf swings on national TV. Brady was clearly nervous. Will the greatest competitor in NFL history come back with a vengeance and play a great round of golf?

Mickelson is in rare form right now. On the course, the 51-year old is still hitting bombs and winning major championships. Off the course, his brand is in a great place. When Phil shows up on the first tee today, he is going to be in his element. One of the biggest perks for viewers of ‘The Match’ is that the four competitors will be mic’d up during the entirety of the round. Blunty, Mickelson is going to talk relentless shit, and it will be phenomenal TV. He is definitely going to try to live rent-free in Bryson’s head, and it has the potential to be hilarious.

Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau’s dramatic last month, highlighted by a feud with Brooks Koepka and carding a 44 on the final nine holes at the US Open while in contention, continued last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic when his caddie Tim Tucker quit out of nowhere the night before the first round. DeChambeau went on to miss the cut and was caught on the course saying, “I hate golf.” I’m not sure he is in the right place mentally to enjoy the event today and win it.

The reason why DeChambeau and Rodgers are favored is because the Packers quarterback can swing it!

Rodgers reportedly plays off a 3 handicap, and at the 2020 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he and his partner Max Homa finished third.

Is that enough to lay -175 in this match? Absolutely not. Let’s take the underdog squad that has experience together at decent plus money.

(Photo of Aaron Rodgers: Christian Petersen / Getty Images; The Athletic may receive an affiliate commission if you open an account with BetMGM through links contained in the above article.)

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