Why ‘The Match’ mainstay Phil Mickelson will air, not participate, 2021 edition
Fifth edition of “Match“It will be the first time that six-time major champion Phil Mickelson has not played on the course.
But, don’t worry. Mickelson will still have a prominent role in “The Match,” which will feature Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka. Mickelson has been informed to the broadcast team about the event, as he will be contributing as a commentator for the TNT show.
Here’s what you need to know about Mickelson’s history with “The Match,” along with his background in broadcasting.
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Why doesn’t Phil Mickelson play in The Match?
Mickelson did not take the field and explained why he is not competing in this version of “The Match”, which will be the first time he has not competed in the event. It can be assumed, however, that the creators of “The Match” wanted to highlight the front and center of DeChambeau and Koepka’s infamous feud. The two golfers have competed for most of the 2021 season, so it would be odd to include any other golfers in the equation.
Phil Mickelson’s record in The Match
In four other appearances on “The Match,” Mickelson won two of those contests. His most memorable performance was in the original match when he played against Tiger Woods and beat the world’s most famous golfer by four holes to his death. Mickelson took home $9 million for the win in the first edition of “The Match.”
Here are the results of the previous 4 matches.
|November 23, 2018||“Match”||Phil Mickelson||Tiger Woods|
|May 24, 2020||“The Match: Champions for Charity”||Tiger Woods & Peyton Manning||Phil Mickelson & Brave Cats|
|November 27, 2020||“The Match: Champions for Change”||Phil Mickelson & Charles Barkley||Peyton Manning & Steph Curry|
|July 6, 2021||“Match 4”||Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers||Phil Mickelson & Brave Cats|
Why is Phil Mickelson on the broadcast team?
Mickelson will call the event for TNT along with former “The Match” teammate Charles Barkley, who has commented on “The Match” previously. This will be Mickelson’s first time on the broadcast crew for the event. Mickelson was an executive producer on “The Match,” so it’s possible he had a say in giving himself the role of commentator for this edition.
TNT’s Brian Anderson will host the show, while Amanda Balionis will be a side reporter.
Phil Mickelson’s Previous Broadcast Experience
Mickelson made his first on-air appearance during round 3 of the 2020 PGA Championship, joining Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo in the booth for 90 minutes to help comment. Surprisingly, Mickelson played in the morning round and then joined the CBS crew for the afternoon broadcast.
Fans enjoyed Mickelson’s contributions that day. Golf.com commends Mickelson for his appearance that day.
“Plus Mickelson’s hour in the chair is a revelation: he’s insightful, honest, funny – everything you could want from a golf broadcaster – and golf fans ate it up. , hailing the big five-time winner on Twitter,” read the article.
“The Match” may not be the last time Mickelson appears in a broadcast booth in the near future. His representative spoke to Front Office Sports and hinted that Mickelson may soon appear in more broadcasts, starting with “The Match”.
“We always discuss Phil’s future,” said Mickelson’s agent, Steve Loy. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next 12 to 24 months you can see more Phil on the air.”