‘The Match II’ report card: Tiger’s putter keeps him from an A; Brady rebounded

As well-intentioned as the TaylorMade Driving Relief event was last weekend, it left much to be desired in terms of entertainment. For a sports-starved nation hoping to catch a little trash talk and a tiny bit of relief from the monotony of quarantine life, much of the event left average sports fans —and even many golf purists — only mildly interested.

But this was different. Sunday’s “The Match: Champions for Charity” had a little bit of everything. Uncertainty over whether the rains would allow the match to start. Instant and incessant banter. Horrible golf shots. Amazing golf shots.

And in the end, it produced some genuine drama. After digging a big hole, the duo of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady staged an impressive comeback to make the 18th hole relevant.

Here are the grades:

Medalist Golf Club: Incomplete

Former NFL player Peyton Manning plays his shot from the tenth tee during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)

Last week’s perfect conditions and sweeping images gave us a glimpse of Seminole Golf Club that many will never be afforded, but Sunday’s “The Match II” was like watching a Packers game from Lambeau in December — it helped to set an amazing scene, but you couldn’t make out much of the surroundings.

The course played fairly and it’s certainly a treasure, we just couldn’t see many of the highlights amid the downpour.

We’ll give it an incomplete and hope we can get a better understanding of the subject matter next semester (whenever that is).

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