Peyton Manning and Steph Curry are currently -172 favourites with Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley at +138.
There is no PGA Tour event this week because of the American Thanksgiving holiday, but that’s not to say there is no golf to wager on as former NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning and current NBA superstar Steph Curry will take on legendary golfer Phil Mickelson and Hall of Famer basketball player Charles Barkley in The Match III on Friday afternoon from Stone Canyon Golf Club in Arizona. Manning and Curry are favoured on the golf odds.
It’s set to begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be shown in the USA by TNT – the event will benefit Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America; Curry helped re-establish the golf teams at Howard University. The four players selected Jackson State (Mickelson), Tuskegee (Barkley) and Howard (Curry), along with Grambling State, Southern University at New Orleans and Lane College (Manning), to be recipients of their donations.
In 2018, Mickelson took on Tiger Woods in the first winner-take-all Match in Las Vegas and Lefty won in 22 holes. The second Match was this past May in south Florida with Woods and Manning beating Mickelson and Tom Brady and raising more than $20 million (U.S.) for COVID-19 relief.
Peyton Manning, Steph Curry vs. Phil Mickelson, Charles Barkley
Mickelson is of course one of the best players in PGA Tour history, although his days of winning on that Tour might be over at age 50. He has won a couple of times this year on the Champions Tour. Stone Canyon Golf Club is owned by Mickelson Golf Properties and located in the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson.
Curry is a near-scratch golfer who has played in multiple Korn Ferry Tour events (one step down from PGA Tour) but hasn’t made a cut. Manning is a solid player but not as good as Curry. Barkley is frankly terrible and you are in for a treat watching his comical swing if you haven’t seen it. He worked as a commentator for the first two iterations of The Match. The one in May generated the highest U.S. golf ratings in cable history.
Barkley also played this year’s American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, the most prominent annual celebrity golf tournament in the USA. Barkley finished second-to-last. Curry was fourth. Manning and Curry are -172 favourites Friday with Mickelson and Barkley at +138.
The Match 3 Golf Betting Odds
The 18-hole format is modified alternate shot, meaning each player tees off but then players on the same team swap balls for their second shots. After that, the team determines which ball is better and alternates shots for the rest of the hole. There also will be a series of on-course challenges – for example, a hole-in-one by one of the four players on a certain hole could be worth up to $2.5 million (US) for the HBCUs.
Eli Manning, Peyton’s younger brother, will be part of the pre-game show and there are expected to be several special guests virtually on the telecast. Current NBA player Andre Iguodala, who played with Curry on the Warriors previously, will be part of the play-by-play.
Barkley has already guaranteed victory; there will be no shortage of trash talk as all the players will have open mics. “Cart Cam” will also once again be featured throughout the competition.
Expect the Match to become an annual event on Black Friday going forward.
The Match 3 Champions of Change Prediction
There’s only so much Mickelson can do to carry Barkley – we like Manning & Curry to prevail.