To say it didn't disappoint would be an understatement. Because, seriously, had anyone really expected these developments?
From the start, Brady played so horribly – in a 30-minute stretch he shot consecutive tee shots in the woods, a pond and on a cart path to the limit – that he was mocked by the guest TV- analyst Charles Barkley, whose golf swing is as bad as ever captured on video. Brady looked more disgusting than after his last N.F.L. last season, which was a pick-6 in a playoff-rout.
Twitter followers in the 44 states outside New England were jubilant and couldn't type their accusations of Brady fast enough. A chuckling Bill Belichick must have felt justified for clearly allowing an aging athlete to decline. Brooks Koepka, the world's third-ranked golfer, who watched from his Florida home, posted on Twitter that he would donate $ 100,000 to coronavirus relief if Brady made a hole in the first nine.
Then one hole even after Woods taunted Brady for finally hitting a fairway off the tee – except not on the hole they played – Brady hit a 100-foot wedge shot in the seventh fairway that hit the green bounced and rolled back into the hole.
& # 39; Shut up, Chuck & # 39 ;, Brady yelled in response to Barkley & # 39; s comment, which was brought directly into an earpiece that Brady was wearing in this exhibit.
& # 39; Brooks owes me some money & # 39 ;, Brady crowed.
Oh yes, and then, with his back to the television cameras, Brady bent over to get his golf ball out of the seventh hole and split his pants for everyone to see.
Do you think that triggered a response on social media?
Brady's dramatic shot also shocked the Brady-Mickelson team when it was defeated. And magically, Brady suddenly started to play better. The game at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida grew close and had a lot of caustic, but funny banter between the participants.
And it went to the last pit on the last hole with Woods and Manning winning, 1-up.
In addition, with the help of Brady & # 39; s comeback, and Manning's solid game and winning personality, Sunday's game provided over four hours of entertaining live sports that most likely
The event was originally billed as a rematch of sorts, with Woods and Mickelson playing Boring Thanksgiving weekend in 2018 two years after paying a head-to-head match. per-view broadcast was full of problems. Sunday's return was saved by the N.F.L. Intruders, which may come as no surprise, as everyday golfers like to imagine how they can handle the pressures of playing top golf pros on national TV.
Hint: we look like Brady for the seventh hole.
Yes, sure, Brady and Manning, two of the most adept athletes of the past 25 years, are not ordinary people who have been plucked from the streets. But as golfers, they certainly looked from time to time. And watching Woods and Mickelson try to work with that level of golf expertise to win a game was fascinating.
And here are two discoveries of watching that experience unfold:
Woods is not hot and fuzzy, but his golf game and surgically rebuilt back are both in great shape. Woods rarely missed a shot of any kind and consistently and accurately hammered his driver, a sometimes nemesis. Woods' swing was smooth, he walked easily and he often bent and stretched without any discomfort. His short play can be dazzling.
Mickelson thinks he's "Phil" Nye the Science Guy.
Mickelson's dissertations to Brady on how to iron a three-meter leg took about two minutes with detailed explanations of how the shadow of a green surface reflected the grain and would affect the rolling of a well. It was great for golf geeks, but at the end of the game it was as if Mickelson was trying to play a part in "The Big Bang Theory".
The contest was not always the best promotion of social media. take distance. From time to time the golfers were less than two meters away. There were occasional fists. Once or twice, a golf ball was grabbed from the green and turned to a partner.
Those are no-nos and not difficult to avoid. As the PGA Tour expects to resume next month, golf officials should remind players that they are examples to millions of recreational golfers around the world. Everyone is happy to be back on the golf course, but if you pay attention to the little things about playing safely, the chance won't go away.
But overall, Sunday's game was a welcome reminder of why we watch sports. There was the unexpected, Brady, often called the best player of all time in a dangerous sport with countless fast-moving parts, humiliated for not being able to control a little white ball that didn't even move as he waved at it. Then, for Brady, there was a surprising, unforeseen revival and redemption.
Everyone, even his opponents, smiled. The competition and camaraderie continued.