Tom Brady has looked like anything but the cool, calm quarterback and everything like a scared, high-handicap golfer during The Match: Champions for Charity.
But he still managed to come through in a big way on Sunday afternoon.
After getting taunted by announcer Charles Barkley and taking a beating on social media as his tee shots flew all over the Medalist course, the former New England Patriots and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback holed a wedge shot — while his microphone slipped and his pants split — to make a birdie on the seventh hole at the Hobe Sound, Florida, course. The shot came after he needed to take a penalty stroke after an errant tee shot.
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“Chuck, shut your mouth, Chuck,” Brady told Barkley following the shot, after some friendly banter between the two legends.
Playing with Phil Mickelson as his partner, the birdie in the best-ball part of the competition ended up only tying the hole, as Tiger Woods made a two-putt birdie — his eagle putt lipped out — to help him and partner Peyton Manning remain 3 up in the match that has raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.
Woods and Manning went on to win the event.
Brady’s birdie also brought a $100,000 donation from Brooks Koepka, who while watching the broadcast pledged that amount if Brady could par any of the remaining holes on the front nine. He threw in another $100,000 if Brady were to par either of the last two holes on the front side.