Fans eagerly awaiting the return of professional sports are getting a brief reprieve Sunday, when golfer Tiger Woods and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning took on golfer Phil Mickelson and current NFL quarterback Tom Brady in a golf match for charity at the Medalist Gold Club in Florida.
WarnerMedia and the participants have combined to pledge $10 million upfront, with the money benefitting places like Direct Relief, American Red Cross, Save Small Business and the ALL In Challenge. The first edition of the “The Match” was a head-to-head golf challenge played on November 23, 2018 between Woods and Mickelson at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada. The purse for that unofficial PGA Tour event was $9 million, with the winner taking home the entire amount.
Manning and Brady aren’t the only pro athletes in other sports to try their hand at the game of golf on national television, however.
Twenty-three-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is an avid golfer himself, and in October 2012, made the longest televised putt in history during the pro-am of the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He sunk a 159-foot (53-yard) putt for an eagle — that’s just short of the length of an Olympic-sized pool.
Phelps’ putt broke the prior televised record of 33 yards, set by broadcaster Terry Wogan at Gleneagles in 1981.
At this point in time, Phelps still had the world believing he was retired after winning four golds in London. Rumors of his comeback would begin to swirl about six months later, and he was back to racing in the pool in April 2014.
Since the above putt, Phelps has often found himself back in the world of golf. He’s competed in multiple pro-ams, and when Woods won his first Masters tournament in 14 years two Aprils ago, Phelps was quite literally behind him.