AleAmericans Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth won the seventh edition of ‘The Match’ this Saturday, pitting them against compatriot Tiger Woods and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy at Pelican Golf Club in Bellaire (Florida, USA).
All proceeds ($2,605,000) from the event will be donated to help restore the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which devastated Florida’s west coast last September.
Four golfers meeting the challenges of each hole to achieve objectives Each sponsor proposed to add their donation to the cause. The event, held at night and under artificial lights, was held in the midst of a rhetorical headhunt seen in the past. The duo formed by LIV Golf, Australian Greg Norman, and Woods and McIlroy.
For Woods, dialogue between the two circuits has included Norman’s resignation, a message also supported by the Northern Irishman. LIV Golf management itself advocated dialogue between Norman and Tiger.
None of the participants, all members of the PGA Circuit, made statements related to LIV Golf neither in the preview nor during the match, during which his microphone was on at all times.
contains another legend Phil Mickelson eyes ‘The Match’ this Saturday at Saudi circuit through his Twitter account. “I am proud to have been part of the production of this event,” he said, confirming that despite not playing it this time, he would watch it on television.
I am proud to be a part of LIV Golf Events.
Regarding the competition, after the first hole was tied, the pairing of Spieth and Thomas took advantage by winning holes two, three and four. The match was played as match-play to the best of twelve holes in a four-ball format.
Among the most spectacular shots was Thomas’ three-putt to complete his birdie from nearly twenty feet.
The tour was carried out in a very relaxed atmosphere, with constant conversation and banter between them and also with a Charles Barclay, who acted as commentator.
The fifth and sixth flags were also eliminated, and at the halfway mark the pairing of Woods and McIlroy still had not won a hole. In the seventh he showed his quality with a very long putt on the McIlroy green that gave his team the first point and cut the deficit to two with five more holes to play.
The three-point lead returned to Thomas and Spieth later with a birdie in the eighth. He held it until the tenth hole when he matched McIlroy’s par to retain the lead with two flags to go and declare himself the winner.
As they stated before the start, it was a privilege for McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth to play alongside Woods, as his figure inspired them to progress in golf practice and reach professionalism throughout their childhood and adolescence. did.
“It’s an honor to be in this with Tiger, Justin and Jordan. We’ve had a good time and I hope we’ve entertained the people at home, as well as a good cause,” said the world’s number one and only non McElroy said. American in sports.
One of the great highlights of the day was to see Woods in action again, his range of motion greatly limited by plantar fasciitis. The opportunity to ride a golf cart gave fans a chance to see his swing once again.
The historic golfer, whose last participation was in the British Open where he missed the cut, wanted to give ‘The Match’ the importance it deserved and wore red, the color he always wears for a major tournament. Wears on the last day.