Brooks vs Bryson match in Vegas – The Athletic

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will finally have a grim game with the PGA Tour taking a break from the regular season; All eyes will be on The Match presented by Capital One at 4pm (ET) Friday on TNT. No other celebrity or sports star will be in the ring with these golf heavyweights when they tee off at Wynn Golf Club.

Match Format

This will be a 12-hole matchup instead of the usual 18-hole. That’s probably a good thing, since the 18-hole airing can be a lengthy and drawn-out broadcast, especially if the competition isn’t fierce.

Information about Match TV

This content will be broadcast on TNT and streamed on WatchTNT for those of you who have cut the cord. Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley will serve as color commentators for this piece, perhaps adding entertainment value. Mickelson will quickly switch to black TV commentator after golf is over, and he’ll make money from Tony Romo. Brian Anderson will provide each game, and Amanda Balionis will be the live reporter.

Match rate

Player Transmitted

Bryson DeChambeau

-125

Brooks Koepka

+100

Odds are updated at 7am on Thursday.

Match history

The first version of The Match was also played in Las Vegas, and it featured Mickelson and Tiger Woods. It was a real heavyweight fight with bragging rights and a $9 million payout on the line. Phil got the best of Tiger that day and walked away with cash and all important bragging rights.

The Match II was put together for charity and enjoyed huge television success when Woods and Peyton Manning defeated Mickelson and Tom Brady while raising a ton of money for the charity and bringing home nearly 6 million viewers. That was the last time Woods te te it in the event.

Mickelson and Barkley are somehow inferior to Peyton Manning and Steph Curry for The Match III. Mickelson became once again the star of the show speaking his way through every shot, whether it was a mistake or not. He encouraged Barkley while he played mind games with Manning and Curry’s team. I wrote that article for betting purposes and made quite a bit of money on that match. The biggest score was Sir Charles hitting the opening fairway with a mortgage payment on the line.

The show’s star for The Match IV features DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers against Mickelson and Brady as The Reserve Golf Course at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. The entire broadcast looks like a commercial travel shot with better cameras and a few nasty golf balls in the way. I had high hopes Bryson would match Mickelson’s gift for the gab and maybe get over the torch a bit, but Mickelson still dominated the broadcast because Bryson wasn’t quite a fit for most of the match. fight.

The record-breaking broadcast numbers from The Match II haven’t been touched each of the last two games, but they’ve hit their stride to make the format competitive and an award-winning film. mind. Lightning strikes only so many times when it comes to spikes that The Match II enjoys.

The PGA Tour and golf fans need their stars. Woods and Mickelson grew up before us on the golf course and on our televisions. Tiger as a toddler on late-night talk shows, and Mickelson won the PGA Tour as a college amateur. We watched Tiger blow up the competition at Augusta and then limply win the US Open at Torrey Pines. We watched Payne Stewart hug Mickelson on Father’s Day in 1999 as Phil lost another major, and we jumped for joy when he finally overcame The Masters in 2004 for the championship. First Major.

Mickelson is 51 years old this year. Woods was still recovering from a horrible car accident and started swinging his golf club. I think DeChambeau and Koepka are both career stars, but not what we are as familiar with as traditional golf fans. This is where one of you can call me boomer in the comments and not too far off. Bryson is a new nerd super-athlete. Finding perfection in every movement and centimeter, from the way his toes fit into his shoes to the way his hat is worn on top of his head. He is developing the game on Twitch and Instagram through partnerships and social interactions. He was obsessed with speed training and even tried it in a long-distance driving competition. His drive for perfection and the glare of the Brooks feud influenced him last season. He ignored the available media for some tournaments, including after he split from his caddy.

Koepka, on the other hand, was the typical over-cool guy in school who happened to be a star on the PGA Tour. He acts as if he doesn’t care whether the average fan or the media likes him, which has been particularly well received by Barstool fans. He delivered a brilliant quote, and the leaked video of his disdain for DeChambeau is what sends the ball rolling towards this inevitable marketing coup in terms of results. . Brooks may act like he doesn’t care most of the time, but he does care when it’s time to specialize and when he feels he has something to play with. He struggled very hard after finishing 4th in the Open Championship. His iron is particularly skewed as he’s lost focus on approach in five of his last six measuring events. I think all of that can go through the window with the prospect of beating one of his biggest rivals on national television right in front of him.

Brooks vs. What course does Bryson take?

Bryson and Brooks will tee off at the Tom Fazio-designed Wynn Golf Club at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s hard to believe a course like this exists in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. Just over 6,800 yards from the summits, the course features tree-lined fairways (more than 8,000 on the course) with water playing over 12 holes. If they played all 18 games, it would be interesting to see more greens play six par 3s. Instead, they would play 12 holes for TV. You can throw out the usual scorecard because the producers of The Match will probably have them start somewhere in the back so they get the guaranteed signature holes on the broadcast. As usual, there will be close to closing contests on some par 3s and possibly even on par 4s. Stop loss and long prop bets are yet to be posted, but I can guarantee Bryson will be a winner. big favorite. on that one.

Does Brooks Koepka Switch Clubs?

We could see Brooks Koepka kick the ball with a brand new set of irons as Srixon confirm Koepka will be joining their team. If he is working behind the scenes to fit in with new clubs, that could be part of the reason he has struggled with his approach game. Either way, I’m sure we’ll see a huge social media boom if this works.

Brooks’ collaboration with Michelob Ultra played a key role in the feud as Brooks tweeted his fans that they should DM Michelob Ultra because they gave away up to 50 cases of beer to fans who shouted Brooksie. in a tournament. While this is certainly a swipe at Bryson that might be a bit off-limits, I’m sure Michelob Ultra will have some interesting commercials lining up with Brooks for The Match. Who knows, they might stock up on your fridge for the holidays.

DeChambeau will have his own partnerships blasting social media during the game, with Puma being the one I’ll keep an eye on. Some free holiday golf gear wouldn’t be a bad surprise on a late Friday afternoon eating leftovers.

Bet to support the match

I’ll add some expert picks here when the odds are finalized.

First to increase 1

Bryson DeChambeau -115, Brooks Koepka -105

First hole winner (no tie bet)

Bryson DeChambeau -115, Brooks Koepka -105

Leading after 3 holes (no bet)

Bryson DeChambeau -115, Brooks Koepka -105

Leading after 6 holes (no bet)

Bryson DeChambeau -125, Brooks Koepka +100

Leading after 9 holes (no tie bets)

Bryson DeChambeau -125, Brooks Koepka +100

Make sure you follow me on Twitter @coachesser because I’ll be tweeting directly from The Match in Las Vegas.

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