Golf

From impressive shots to roasting Charles Barkley, here are the best moments from all four versions of The Match


Over the last three years golf fans have been treated to made-for-TV matches that offer a different kind of competition from that of the 72-hole stroke play events on the professional tours.

The previous four installments of Capital One’s: The Match have featured everyone from Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, as well as two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The matches in Las Vegas, Florida, Arizona and Montana have produced on-course highlights and bloopers with plenty of well-timed and hilarious trash talk in between (much at the expense of the great Charles Barkley).

Before Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka duel Friday, Nov. 26, in the fifth Match just off the Las Vegas Strip, take a scroll through some of the best moments throughout the history of the competition.

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Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal joined the Champions for Change broadcast to tease their colleague Charles Barkley, with jokes ranging from Barkley’s weight to his poor putting.

Rodgers was impressive in his match debut, and even carried DeChambeau for some of the early holes. Then he started walking in putts like he’s Kevin Na.

“As soon as I said it I wondered if I maybe shouldn’t have. I have a bad tendency of saying whatever comes to my head and that was one of those times,” said Thomas with a laugh to No Laying Up. “For some reason it’s fun talking smack to him and when he said that, he put it on a tee for me. I was going to let it go but I had to swing at it.”

On the par-5 8th hole in the most-recent Match between Mickelson and Brady vs. DeChambeau and Rodgers at The Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, Phil was left in awe of this Bryson bomb.

Tell us how ya really feel, Rickie.

Barkley called game and told the broadcast to get some Law and Order reruns ready early. The man is the gift that keeps on giving every time he’s got a mic.

The original match between Tiger and Phil left a little something to be desired across the board, but the boys delivered with some late drama, including this chip-in for birdie for Tiger that would tie the match and send it to a playoff.





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