For the third time in two years, reigning PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson will be hitting the links with a professional athlete as his partner in “The Match.”
A little over a year after first teaming together on the course, Mickelson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will reunite to take on PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, both of whom are first-time participants in “The Match.”
In the first half of 2020, Mickelson and Brady battled Tiger Woods and Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
Later in the year, Mickelson teamed with Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley against Manning and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.
Picking up where the dynamic duo left off last year, Mickelson and Brady were quick to throw jabs at their opponents for the July 6 installment of “The Match.”
“Tom and I have some unfinished business,” Mickelson wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately it will be at Bryson and Aaron’s expense.”
Referencing the Packers’ decision to opt for a field goal, rather than going for it on fourth down, in the NFC Championship against Brady’s Buccaneers, Brady said on Twitter that DeChambeau “better get used to laying up” because “we know [Rodgers] isn’t going for it.”
Later on, Brady deemed the upcoming match a battle between “[two] champions vs a scientist and a jeopardy host.”
Meanwhile, Mickelson referenced the ongoing drama and rivalry between DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, who finished in second place behind Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship.
“I feel like I’m in the middle of something and should step aside,” Mickelson told Koepka on Twitter. “Except they want the CURRENT PGA champ:)”
While Rodgers stayed silent, DeChambeau didn’t mince words when replying to Brady’s onslaught of social media posts.
“Once [Rodgers] and I take down you and [Mickelson], you will feel just as deflated as those balls were in the AFC Championship game,” DeChambeau wrote on Twitter.
According to a press release from Turner Sports, donations will be made to Feeding America, among additional charitable beneficiaries, as a result of “The Match,” and the event will be televised exclusively on TNT on July 6 at 5 p.m. ET.