Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson fell short against Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau in this year’s iteration of The Match, but the GOAT still showed off.
The Match has been one of the more interesting athletic events to follow throughout the last few years. Watching famous athletes pair up with some of the best golfers in the world to talk trash and walk the audience through their golf game is highly entertaining, especially when you put players like Buccaneers QB Tom Brady in the mix.
The new version of the GOAT, i.e., the fun Tampa one, has enough personality that he would be fun to watch playing any sport. From a casual coolness after great shots to an unmitigated, profanity-laden fury after the bad ones, anyone who has ever picked up a golf club casually can completely relate to Brady’s reactions.
If you add in Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers, and Bryson DeChambeau, who are all entertaining enough in their own right, you have a show that is easily going to captivate millions.
The Match was wholly based around four guys that were playing golf for fun. Gone was the air of seriousness that usually perpetuates across the professional golf scene. Players could talk trash to one another and to the commentators, and the bad shots often led to extremely entertaining recoveries that most people wouldn’t try in the same situation on the professional tour.
After a very close front nine, Rodgers and DeChambeau started to build a lead on the back nine that they never relinquished. The older pair of Brady and Mickelson ended up losing, in part due to Rodgers completely outplaying Brady, but the GOAT still had a few shots that indicate he could’ve been great in another sport as well.
Of the most memorable shots of the day, each player was able to do plenty to show off incredible talent on a challenging course, but Brady had an early drive that was by far one of the most impressive.
Had the rest of the day gone like that drive, Brady and Mickelson would’ve won easily. There was no better way to hit that ball, and this would be a great time to remind everyone that the GOAT is doing the equivalent of that on the football field each week while being almost 20 years older than the average player.
Brady and Phil weren’t able to pull off the win, but there are plenty of people throughout the world that would give up a lot to have a golf game like Brady.
Here’s to hoping that we get to see part three of Tom Brady in golf this time next year.
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