On Sunday, four sports icons—Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady—got together for a charity golf tournament. Together, they raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.
The competition, called "The Match: Champions for Charity," was held in Hobe Sound, Florida. Streamed live, it provided fans around the world who are missing sports during the coronavirus pandemic an opportunity to view a live match.
According to TNT, "The Match" had 5.8 million viewers, and was the most-watched golf event in cable TV history. At peak viewership, there were 6.3 million viewers.
Ultimately, Woods and Manning edged out Mickelson and Brady. Brady in particular had a difficult start to the competition. Houston Texans star J.J. Watt weighed in on Twitter, noting that Brady “has to be a couple seconds away from a club toss here.” Other athletes weighed in as well.
But performance aside, the best part of the evening was the jokes and quips exchanged between the players, said Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg.
"Golf is supposed to be a game of camaraderie, of intermittent laughs amid the tests of concentration. Most PGA Tour players are quite engaging, but their personalities don’t come through like we saw Sunday, when four of the most famous athletes on the planet were mic’ed in a four-hour-plus competition."
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