We all know about the golf greatness that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson can produce, but what about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who will also strut their stuff as part of “The Match: Champions for Charity” on Sunday?
Craig Dolch, longtime golf writer who now contributes to the Palm Beach Post, said the two wildcards — Brady and Manning — are fairly even on the course, but he sees one major difference between the two, heading into the event at Medalist Golf Club.
“I would probably have to go with Peyton Manning,” Dolch said on a Golfweek Instagram Live with JuliaKate Culpepper on Friday. “The one thing with Tom Brady, he’s still playing. And as we saw this past week, he’s been doing some informal workouts with his new teammates, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don’t think Tom is too concerned about what happens on Sunday.
“He’s obviously trying to make a run at his seventh Super Bowl, his first without the New England Patriots.”
Focus aside, Dolch insisted the two are a good matchup on the course, just as they were on the gridiron.
“They’re very comparable. Tom, his handicap is around 8, Peyton is a 6.4,” Dolch said. “But Peyton, all he has to worry about these days is playing golf. Tom has a little bit more on his shoulders these days.
“Either one of them is going to be able to produce that one or two shots during the round that might be able to win the match.”
As for watching the pros, Dolch said he won’t be too concerned with Tiger Woods’ overall performance, but he is curious to see what the layoff has done for the aging superstar’s ailing back.
“That’s what everybody wants to know. It will be 98 days on Sunday when we tees it up and we finally see him swing a golf club and we all wonder what it’s been like for him,” Dolch said.