Although Phil Mickelson is an underdog in Sunday’s charity match against Tiger Woods, don’t tell him that winning is impossible. “I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson told Golfweek.
Two years ago, the legends faced off in a pay-per-view event with Mickelson winning and pocketing $9 million. Phil and Tiger once again face-off in a high-profile golfing event, but this time charity will reap the benefits.
The match won’t be held in Las Vegas like the first edition of the Tiger versus Phil clash. Instead, the duo is heading to Tiger’s home of Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.
But Mickelson won’t be alone this time in his matchup against Woods as the left-hander is getting Tom Brady as a partner. The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback can hold his own on the links with a handicap of eight.
Tiger finds himself paired with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. The former Denver Broncos great’s six handicap betters Brady by more than a stroke.
Colorado sportsbooks are taking bets now for this epic showdown. Read on to see who the odds favor and find some interesting prop bets ahead of this weekend’s match-up.
Rules Of The Match
The four-player, two-team matchup will follow a Ryder-Cup scoring format. If one team scores lower than the other team on a hole, then they will win the hole.
The match will start with nine holes of four-ball play. Four-ball gives the hole to the golfer with the lowest score. For example, if Tiger shoots a three and Phil finds the cup in four strokes, Woods wins the hole.
The final nine holes are slated for alternate shot play. After everyone tees off, the group picks the best shot to play. Then, the other golfer who did not hit the preferred drive, hits the second shot. Golfers continue to alternate shots until the hole is decided by lowest score.
The alternate shot format makes Brady and Manning’s shots just as valuable as the two professional golfers. With both quarterbacks holding their own on the course, the match should be an entertaining and highly competitive event.
CO Sportsbooks On Tiger And Phil’s Odds To Win
Woods and Manning are the odds-on favorite to win at both the DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook. Since both operators are new to the Colorado sports betting scene, the match should be a popular event for bettors.
With Tiger playing on his home course, bookmakers have installed him as a clear favorite. When you couple the home course advantage with Manning’s handicap edge over Brady, Tiger and Peyton’s odds could continue to climb until the first tee shot on Sunday.
Fun Prop Bets For Sunday At Colorado Sportsbooks
FanDuel and DraftKings have posted numerous proposition bets to make Sunday even more enjoyable. If you are in the mood to play some exciting prop bets, the two sportsbooks definitely have you covered.
Best DraftKings Prop Bets For Tiger vs. Phil
Hole In One
The allure of prop bets are they offer a longshot that brings a healthy payday. With that in mind, the Hole in One prop bet at DraftKings is an interesting potential wager. If any of the four golfers drain one off the tee box on one of the four par 3s on the course, then the bet will pay 50-1 as the odds stand at +5000.
With the Ryder Cup format, the match has the chance to end early on the back nine. DraftKings has three options if you would like to bet which hole the event ends. Currently, holes 15-17 are the favorite at +110. Next is the 18th hole or extra holes at +175. At +300, the match ending at the 14th hole or earlier has the longest odds of the three choices.
Best FanDuel Prop Bets For Tiger vs. Phil
First to Go 1 Up
Another simple one for bettors, this prop bet could pay out after the 1st hole. Whichever team goes up a hole first, takes the bet. FanDuel currently has the Woods/Manning team at -160, with Mickelson/Brady at even money with +100 odds.
Closest to the Pin
Another interesting prop bet at FanDuel is the Nearest to Pin bet on each par 3. The site offers odds on all four golfers hitting closest to the pin on each of the four par 3s. Woods is the favorite at +115 with Mickelson right behind him at +130. Peyton gets a slight odds advantage over Tom, as Manning odds are set at +600, while Brady has the longest odds at +750.