To say that this did not disappoint would be an understatement. Because, seriously, did anyone really expect these events?
From the very beginning, Brady played so badly – on one 30-minute stretch he shot consecutive shots at a tee in the forest, a pond and on a cart track near the exit of the clearing – that he was mocked by guest television analyst Charles Barkley, whose golf game as bad as ever taken on video. Brady looked more disgusting than he was after his last N.F.L. pass last season and it was peak 6 on the playoff road.
Twitter followers in 44 states outside of New England were jubilant and couldn't quickly publish their ridicule of Brady. The grinning Bill Belichick must have felt justified for being disappointed in an aging athlete who had clearly fainted. Brooks Koepka, the world's third golfer who watched from his home in Florida, posted on twitter that he would donate $ 100,000 to help the coronavirus if Brady cuts a hole in the first nine.
Then, through one hole, even after Woods taunted Brady for finally hitting the fairway off the tee – with the exception of the wrong hole they played – Brady hit a wedge from more than 100 yards in the seventh fairway who bounced on the green and rolled back into the hole.
“Shut your mouth, Chuck,” Brady shouted in response to Barkley’s comment, which was delivered directly to the earpiece that was wearing at that exhibition.
“Brooks owes me some money,” Brady shouted.
Oh yes, and then, with his back to the television cameras, Brady leaned in to get his seventh hole golf ball and stripped the pants for all to see.
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Brady's dramatic throw also won the hole while the Brady-Mickelson team was hit. And magically, Brady suddenly started playing better. The competition at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, came close and had juice with a really cool, but funny banter between the participants.
And it came to the last hit in the last hole with the victory of Woods and Manning, 1-up.
Moreover, thanks to Brady’s return, as well as Manning’s solid play and goodwill, Sunday's match provided more than four hours of entertaining sports broadcasts, which are likely to be very successful on television.
The event was originally announced as a rematch, defeating Woods and Mickelson two years after they played a boring duel Thanksgiving weekend in 2018, pay-per-view broadcast was full of problems. Sunday reprise was saved by N.F.L. violators, which, indeed, could not be a surprise, because every day golfers love to imagine how they will cope with the pressure of the game with the best golf professionals on national television.
Hint: we will look like Brady to the seventh hole.
Yes, of course, Brady and Manning, the two most experienced athletes in the past 25 years, are not ordinary people, torn off the street. But as golfers, they looked like this from time to time. And watching Woods and Mickelson try to work with that level of golf experience to win the match was exciting.
And here are two discoveries from watching this experience unfold:
Woods is not warm and fuzzy, but his golfing and surgically restored back both in amazing shape. Woods rarely missed any shots and constantly beat his driver, sometimes a sworn enemy, accurately and powerfully. Woods' swing was smooth, he walked easily and often bent and stretched without any visible discomfort. His short play can be dazzling.
Mickelson thinks he is “Phil” Nye, a learned guy.
Mickelson Brady's story about how to stroke a 10-foot punch would go on for about two minutes with detailed explanations of how the shading of the green surface reflected a grain of grass and influenced the rolling of the punch. It was great for golf fans, but by the end of the match Mickelson was trying to play a role in The Big Bang Theory.
The match was not always the best propaganda for social distance. From time to time, golfers stood less than six feet apart. There were occasional punches. Once or twice, a golf ball was pulled out of the green and turned over to a partner.
It is no no and not hard to avoid. Because the PGA Tour expects to resume next monthGolf officials should remind players that they provide examples for millions of golf enthusiasts around the world. Everyone is happy to be back on the golf course, but careful attention to safe play ensures that this opportunity doesn't disappear.
But overall, the Sunday match was a pleasant reminder of why we watch sports. There was an unexpected incident, which was Brady, who was often called the greatest player of all time in dangerous sports with innumerable fast-moving parts, feeling humiliated because he could not control a small white ball that did not even move when he swung into It. Then for Brady there was a startling, unpredictable awakening and ransom.
Everyone, even his opponents, smiled. Competition and camaraderie continued.