Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will face Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in the latest iteration of “The Match,” sources have told Golf Digest. The news was first reported by The Fried Egg.
The four superstars committed to the exhibition series, which will be held for the seventh time and second in 2022 after a duel between NFL quarterbacks was contested in June. The Match will be held Dec. 10 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. It is expected to start at 7 p.m. under the lights, with the match going 12 holes.
This will be Woods’ third appearance in “The Match,” participating in the inaugural event against Phil Mickelson in November of 2018 and returning in 2020 to team up with Peyton Manning to take down Mickelson and Tom Brady in a charity challenge in the nascent days of the pandemic. This will be the first appearances for McIlroy, Spieth and Thomas, although Thomas did work at the aforementioned 2020 charity match as a commentator. Woods, McIlroy and Thomas were a part of a similar exhibition in September 2020 to show off Payne’s Valley Golf Club, the first public-access golf course designed by Woods’ TGR Design firm, as well as raise money for the Payne Family Foundation.
Woods made three official starts in 2022 in his return from a February 2021 car accident, making the cut at both the Masters and PGA Championship while possibly saying goodbye to the Old Course at the Open Championship. McIlroy won three times last season, highlighted by capturing the FedEx Cur, with Thomas grabbing the PGA Championship for the second time in his career with a playoff triumph at Southern Hills. Spieth won the RBC Heritage and is coming off a 5-0-0 record in an American victory at the Presidents Cup.
Woods and McIlroy recently partnered for a new venture called TGL and are launching a tech-infused team golf league in partnership with the PGA Tour, but that endeavor is not believed to have any relation with the exhibition.
“The Match” will again be broadcast by Turner Sports. The network has not confirmed details of the event.
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Woods, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are set to face off in the latest edition of “The Match” on Dec. 10 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, first reported by The Fried Egg.
This will be the third time Woods will appear in the made-for-TV match series, while McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth will be making their debuts.
According to Golf Digest, the exhibition will tee off around 7 p.m., will be played under the lights and will be 12 holes.
The golf world hasn’t seen Woods on the golf course since the second round of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Despite this being their “Match” debut, McIlroy and Thomas played alongside Woods and Justin Rose in September 2020 at Payne Valley Golf Club, a TV match that raised money for the Payne Family Foundation.
Woods and McIlroy’s TMRW Sports revealed a superstar lineup of investors Wednesday. Some of the names include Steph Curry, Lewis Hamilton and Josh Allen.
The last “Match” saw Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers take down Allen and Patrick Mahomes in Las Vegas.