Odds: Fitzgerald, Barkley could pair with Tiger in The Match III
An online bookmaker places Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Phoenix Suns MVP Charles Barkley on the short-list to join Tiger Woods in the next The Match charity golf tournament.
SportsBetting.ag released odds for which athletes and celebrities could join pro golfers Woods and Phil Mickelson in The Match III.
This past weekend, Woods and former quarterback Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Mickelson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds. Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks.
Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.
The peak was 6.3 million average viewers from 2:45 to 3 p.m. MST. That was about the time Brady, who had been lampooned on social media for his golf skills, silenced Barkley, who was an analyst, by holing out from the fairway for birdie.
Mickelson told the Los Angeles Times’ Arash Markazi that bringing in celebrities with personalities for a rematch would be something he’s interested in. The newspaper added there are talks to plan a future event.
“I think you could showcase guys like Steph Curry and Michael Jordan or Tony Romo and Patrick Mahomes, who are all good golfers, elite talents and have great personalities,” Mickelson told the Los Angeles Times. “Those personalities are going to come out with this event. Or you could have someone who loves the game and is competitive but is really entertaining like Larry David and Bill Murray. I think that could shine.”
There’s no doubt Arizonans, already fans of the ASU product, Mickelson, wouldn’t mind seeing another Valley face play against or alongside him.
SportsBetting.ag The Match III pairing odds
Who will partner with Tiger Woods?
Michael Jordan -150
Tony Romo +275
Peyton Manning +300
Jerry Rice +850
Charles Barkley +1200
Larry Fitzgerald +2500
Kid Rock +4000
Barack Obama +8000
Who will partner with Phil Mickelson?
Steph Curry -150
Tom Brady +300
Steve Young +400
Aaron Rodgers +500
Drew Brees +700
Aaron Judge +800
Reggie Bush +1200
Donald Trump +25000
The Match III odds
Team Tiger -150
Team Phil +110
The Match III average viewers
Over 5 million
Under 5 million
The Associated Press contributed to this story.