The Match 2021 dwell golf updates, highlights from Tom Brady & Phil Mickelson vs. Aaron Rodgers & Bryson DeChambeau

After weeks of trash talk between Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau, the two pairs are finally facing off in The Match 4. Brady and Mickelson will team up in hopes of avenging their loss to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in The Match 2, which occurred in early 2020.

Meanwhile, DeChambeau and Rodgers will each look to earn a win in their first appearance in The Match. Each player has been dealing with drama over the last few weeks. Rodgers is embroiled in a long-term holdout from Packers camp after an MVP campaign while DeChambeau parted with his caddie Tim Tucker ahead of last weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. DeChambeau failed to make the cut after the change.

Despite that, DeChambeau and Rodgers are still favored to win The Match while Mickelson’s side is listed as the underdog in the event once again. That hasn’t stopped him from winning in the past, as he beat Woods in the first iteration of the event in 2018 despite Woods being heavily favored.

Either side could win the 18-hole, match-play contest that will feature a modified alternate shot format on each hole. It’s just a matter of which side can adjust to the unique conditions of The Reserve at Moonlight Basin, which is at a 7,500-foot altitude and features numerous tee shots that are significantly downhill. That includes the course’s signature hole, a 777-foot Par-5 hole where the tee is a couple hundred yards above the fairway.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the 2021 golf match featuring Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson vs. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau. Follow for complete results from The Match 4.

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The Match live updates, highlights from 2021 golf contest

9:48 p.m. — Tom Brady said that golf is “an impossible sport” and spent time recounting his comeback Super Bowl win over the Falcons. He said that was easier than coming back from three-down in five holes at The Match.

9:40 p.m. — For the 14th hole, the golfers are only allowed to use one club for the entirety of the hole. Rodgers draws the 3-wood, Mickelson gets a 4-iron, Brady gets a 7-iron and DeChambeau gets the pitching wedge.

9:36 p.m. — Mickelson converts on the 13th for par to match Rodgers and DeChambeau. With five holes left, Rodgers and DeChambeau are three-up on Brady and Mickelson.

9:31 p.m. — On another note, Larry Fitzgerald said when talking to Baker Mayfield that he wouldn’t crack the top seven on the Browns receiver depth chart. That’s hard to believe even at this stage in Fitzgerald’s Hall of Fame career.

9:27 p.m. — DeChambeau and Rodgers are taking a drop shot after both of their shots landed in a penalty area. That gives a slight advantage to Brady and Mickelson, though Brady’s shot went awry and missed the green.

9:23 p.m. — Mickelson and Brady were in need of a good drive and Mickelson got it into the fairway. Brady missed while “channeling his inner Charles Barkley.” Meanwhile, Rodgers and DeChambeau both missed the fairway. Mickelson and Brady have a good chance to make up one point on this hole.

9:15 p.m. — Rodgers knocks in a birdie putt to give his pairing a win for the third consecutive hole. He and DeChambeau now are three-up on Brady and Mickelson and have birdied the last three holes.

9:08 p.m. — DeChambeau hit his tee shot on the Par-3 12th hole and got it very close to the hole. Mickelson nearly had a similar shot toward the hole, but his stopped right outside the green. DeChambeau and Rodgers have a chance to build a three-hole lead.

9:03 p.m. — DeChambeau and Rodgers have won four of the last six holes and seem to be getting hot at the right time. Rodgers’ driving has been surprisingly good, and that pairing has been using his tee shot more than that of DeChambeau.

9:02 p.m. — Rodgers hits a birdie putt on the 11th hole. That gives the DeChambeau-Rodgers pairing a two-hole lead, the largest lead of the night with seven holes remaining.

8:57 p.m. — Rodgers was asked about his future with the Packers on the TNT broadcast. He was mum on the matter but told Charles Barkley he’d tell the NBA legend his plans in Tahoe next week. That’s the site of the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament for 2021.

8:52 p.m. — DeChambeau nearly drove the green on the Par-4 11th, which plays 447 yards but is downhill. Rodgers shot from a closer tee and managed to get the ball even closer than his partner.

8:50 p.m. — Brady and Rodgers were playing catch with a football before the 11th hole. 

8:45 p.m. — DeChambeau and Rodgers win the hole after Rodgers holes a short putt. After 10 holes, they are now up one on Brady and Mickelson.

8:41 p.m. — Now, the leg-up belongs to the Rodgers-DeChambeau pairing. DeChambeau lands his chip very close to the hole while Mickelson’s skitters past it and runs away from it. Brady’s putt will be harder than Rodgers’ on the 10th green.

8:34 p.m. — Brady and Rodgers drive the ball well once again, and the golfers will use their tee shots on the 10th hole. Brady’s shot landed particularly close to the green, giving him and Mickelson the early advantage on this hole.

8:30 p.m. — We’re heading to the back nine now. They’ll tee off at the 10th hole in short order.

8:20 p.m. — Both Brady and Rodgers miss mid-length putts, with Rodgers coming up short and Brady’s running just a bit long. After nine holes, we are all square.

8:15 p.m. — We’ve seen foxes, wolves and bears on the Moonlight Basin course today.

8:11 p.m. — On the ninth hole, Mickelson and DeChambeau drove over the green on the 282-yard Par-4. Rodgers and Brady both came up short, but their shots will likely be played. The DeChambeau-Rodgers has used Rodgers’ tee shot on five of the last six holes, 

8:07 p.m. — Charles Barkley delivered a classic line after Mickelson and DeChambeau spent a long time breaking down the final putt on the eighth hole.

Charles Barkley, watching Phil and Bryson talk about putting:

“Could you imagine being in a car with these two guys on a long trip?”

— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) July 7, 2021

8:04 p.m. — Rodgers and DeChambeau win the eighth hole thanks to their long tee shots, a nice bunker shot from Rodgers and Mickelson and Brady missing the fairway for the first time during The Match. The back-and-forth affair continues, as the pairs are tied up after eight holes.

7:56 p.m. — Officially, DeChambeau’s initial drive went 480 yards. Rodgers’ went 438.

7:51 p.m. — Rodgers and Brady were shooting from 100 yards closer to the hole (677 yards), and Rodgers’ shot was impressive. His went over 400 yards and put his team in good shape to make up their one-hole deficit.

7:49 p.m. — DeChambeau and Mickelson both crushed their tee shots, but Mickelson’s landed in a bunker. DeChambeau actually bought himself a mulligan by donating $100,000 to charity after his got stuck in the rough. However, he sliced that one wide left.

7:45 p.m. — We’re onto the eighth hole, which is really the 17th hole at the course. It’s a whopping 777 yards but plays significantly downhill.

7:42 p.m. — Earlier in the event, Charles Barkley shared a story about Brady’s epic work ethic and how he prepared for his participation in The Match 2.

7:39 p.m. — Brady sinks a 12-foot birdie putt to win the hole for his tandem. That puts Brady and Mickelson up one after seven holes.

7:37 p.m. — Rob Gronkowski has called into The Match and he and Brady are trash-talking Rodgers. Gronkowski is calling Rodgers “slow” and “lazier than he was in retirement.” Meanwhile, Brady called Rodgers “the leader of the Packers… I think.”

7:34 p.m. — Rodgers and Mickelson land on the green at the seventh hole. Nobody gets a hole-in-one, but Mickelson is closest to the hole. Neither Brady nor DeChambeau landed on the green.

7:29 p.m. — Hole 7 features another hole-in-one challenge. Expect the players to target the pin.

7:25 p.m. — Rodgers very nearly sunk an eagle putt to win the sixth hole. He and DeChambeau still earned the victory on the hole, as Brady and Mickelson ran into some bunker problems. After six, we’re tied up.

7:18 p.m. —  Mickelson and Rodgers won the longest drive competition. Each gets $400,000 for charity as a result of their efforts on Hole 6.

7:11 p.m. —  Mickelson and Brady have yet to miss a fairway after Mickelson landed a long drive there on the sixth hole.

7:05 p.m. — Brady and Rodgers both convert to birdie the hole. The hole is halved and Brady and Mickelson maintain a one-hole lead.

7:00 p.m. —  Mickelson and DeChambeau get started with a couple of great shots off the tee. Both are within 10 feet of the hole. Mickelson’s was within five feet of the hole, so $500,000 will be donated to My Brother’s Keeper as a result of the “closest to the pin” challenge for the hole.

6:54 p.m. —  Through four holes, Brady and Mickelson lead. They have been consistent, notching pars on three holes and a birdie on the fourth. Rodgers and DeChambeau have been a bit more up and down, as they’ve gone birdie-par-bogey-par on the first four holes.

6:51 p.m. —  Rodgers told Mickelson that he would walk his putt in. He pulled off the feat and gave his pairing a par mark on the hole. Brady sunk a birdie putt, to put himself and Mickelson up one.

6:47 p.m. —  Lefty chips to within a few feet of the hole. DeChambeau went a bit further than Mickelson’s, who wanted an in-depth analysis from DeChambeau of his approach. Mickelson’s catchphrase so far has been, “We’re not in any rush.”

6:43 p.m. —  Rodgers drive went into the woods, but DeChambeau managed to hit the ball onto the fairway. The shot was an impressive one, though it took quite a long time for the pairing to find the ball, as Mickelson and Brady lamented.

6:34 p.m. —  Brady can’t follow up his great drive with another. His goes left on the dogleg right. Mickelson’s lands in the fairway. Rodgers hits another low shot that bounces off the fairway. DeChambeau slices off the fairway as well. Mickelson’s shot is the best of the bunch.

6:25 p.m. —  Brady and Mickelson emerge as the winners of the third hole. DeChambeau missed a 3-foot putt to split the hole. We’re all square, and Brady is surprised that they were able to pull that off after DeChambeau’s great tee shot.

6:15 p.m. —  Brady and DeChambeau both drove the green at the Par-4, 393-yard third hole. Brady’s shot was incredible and almost as good as DeChambeau’s.

6:11 p.m. —  Rodgers makes par. Mickelson follows suit. The second hole is halved, so the Rodgers-DeChambeau duo maintains a one-point lead.

6:09 p.m. —  Brady hits a nice putt on his second shot to set up a short putt for Mickelson on his next shot. DeChambeau nearly sinks one but sets up Rodgers for a putt similar to Mickelson’s.

6:06 p.m. —  Brady’s shot carries just over the green as he took aim at the flag. Mickelson says, “good shot, partner,” before landing his just off the green and next to a sprinkler head.

6:04 p.m. —  On Hole 2, there’s a hole-in-one challenge in effect. Rodgers manages to drive the green which opens DeChambeau to go for the hole-in-one. DeChambeau’s shot landed in the bunker.

5:57 p.m. — After Rodgers came up short on an approach shot, DeChambeau managed to hole out from just off the green. Mickelson couldn’t make the putt to tie the hole. As such, DeChambeau and Rodgers emerge as the winners of the first hole.

5:50 p.m. —  And now, Rodgers hits. His doesn’t quite reach the fairway, as his shot was a low screamer and had an apex of just 53 feet. DeChambeau launches the ball far down the fairway, well ahead of Mickelson’s. DeChambeau’s shot was the most impressive of the foursome, and he also got in a good shot at Brady, giving him a roll of duck tape for his pants and his mouth. Brady famously ripped his pants during The Match 2.

5:48 p.m. —   Brady hits first off the first tee. He launches the ball off the fairway to the left. Mickelson is next. He hits one nice and easy into the fairway. 

5:45 p.m. —  Rodgers is giving Brady some advice ahead of the event. 

5:36 p.m. —  All right, let’s get this thing started. Brady, Mickelson, Rodgers and DeChambeau are ready to tee off at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin.

5:33 p.m. —  Bryson DeChambeau may be an excellent golfer, but Aaron Rodgers said that he has been working with DeChambeau on his trash talk ahead of The Match. We’ll soon see if he’s made some improvements in that area.

5:28 p.m. —  Mickelson made 15 putts in 30 seconds in a pre-event challenge. Event sponsors will donate 150,000 meals to Feeding America and the Montana Food Bank as a result of Mickelson’s performance.

5:26 p.m. —  Barkley announced that he is donating $100,000 to the Montana Food Bank as part of The Match’s charitable efforts.

5:24 p.m. —  Tom Brady said while warming up that playing football was easier than golf. It’s hard to imagine that many in the world agree with him on that front.

5:12 p.m. —  Charles Barkley participated in The Match 3. Why isn’t he involved in this competition after being part of the winning pair with Mickelson? He explained in typical Barkley fashion on the preshow.

5:06 p.m. —  Former PGA Tour pro and 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman says that Bryson DeChambeau should hit some 400-yard tee shots today because of the course elevation along with his PGA Tour-leading 321.9-yard average off the tee.

5:02 p.m. —  Mickelson and Brady talked a lot about their previous Match loss in the intro to the event. Mickelson said they were “hungry” for a win. The underdogs seem to be carrying a chip on their shoulders.

4:55 p.m. —  The four golfers posed for a pre-Match photo. A lot of black, blue and white, but Brady’s red TB12 hat is helping him stand out among the crowd.

4:53 p.m. —  Bryson DeChambeau seems ready for The Match! He showed up to the event in a helicopter.

4:51 p.m. —  While Tom Brady has the advantage over Aaron Rodgers in terms of experience playing The Match, Rodgers is a better golfer than Brady. In fact, Rodgers’ handicap is about 4 1/2 strokes better than Brady’s .

4:42 p.m. —  Charles Barkley actually almost hit the cart during the range battle. It came right after the cart operator heckled him.

4:36 p.m. —  Brady shared a bit of Mickelson’s strategy for The Match on Twitter Tuesday morning. Needless to say, he is focused on going long off the tee at the high-elevation Moonlight Basin course.

4:32 p.m. —  In case you’re wondering, Mickelson won the range battle by hitting the golf cart eight times. Brady, Rodgers and DeChambeau each hit the cart once.

4:31 p.m. —  Moonlight Basin golf course has never been played during a televised event. It’s a beautiful-looking course, so needless to say, we’re looking forward to seeing the golfers in action on it.

4:28 p.m. —  Before The Match starts, the golfers and commentators for the event took part in a range battle event. Every golfer was trying to hit a golf cart located on the driving range. Charles Barkley chirped the cart driver after the driver called out Barkley’s notoriously awkward golf swing.

4:21 p.m. —  There has been plenty of trash talk from all parties involved in The Match this week, but Brady’s did at Rodgers’ rift with the Packers may be one of the best moments of all.

4:18 p.m. —  Apparently, it is windy at Moonlight Basin today. Mickelson tweeted a video of him and Brady getting some warmup shots in, and you can barely hear Mickelson over the sound of the wind.

Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson results

  • Hole 1 (Par 4, 463 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 2 (Par 4, 447 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 3 (Par 3, 206 yards): Par (win)
  • Hole 4 (Par 5, 566 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 5 (Par 3, 248 yards): Birdie (tie)
  • Hole 6 (Par 5, 559 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 7 (Par 3, 184 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 8 (Par 5, 777 yards): Bogey (loss)
  • Hole 9 (Par 4, 282 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 10 (Par 4, 427 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 11 (Par 4, 447 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 12 (Par 3, 190 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 13 (Par 4, 470 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 14 (Par 4, 443 yards):
  • Hole 15 (Par 5, 590 yards):
  • Hole 16 (Par 3, 223 yards):
  • Hole 17 (Par 5, 777 yards):
  • Hole 18 (Par 4, 354 yards):

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Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau results

  • Hole 1 (Par 4, 463 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 2 (Par 4, 447 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 3 (Par 3, 206 yards): Bogey (loss)
  • Hole 4 (Par 5, 566 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 5 (Par 3, 248 yards): Birdie (tie)
  • Hole 6 (Par 5, 559 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 7 (Par 3, 184 yards): Par (loss)
  • Hole 8 (Par 5, 777 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 9 (Par 4, 282 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 10 (Par 4, 427 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 11 (Par 4, 447 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 12 (Par 3, 190 yards): Birdie (win)
  • Hole 13 (Par 4, 470 yards): Par (tie)
  • Hole 14 (Par 4, 443 yards):
  • Hole 15 (Par 5, 590 yards):
  • Hole 16 (Par 3, 223 yards):
  • Hole 17 (Par 5, 777 yards):
  • Hole 18 (Par 4, 354 yards):

What time is The Match golf contest today?

  • Start time: 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT

Live TV coverage of “The Match 4” will begin at 5 p.m. ET from The Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana. TNT’s broadcast plans include a pre-show before play begins, so expect Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau to tee off shortly thereafter.

How to watch The Match 2021

  • TV channels:  TNT, TBS and truTV
  • Live stream: TNT app

Three networks in the Turner Sports family will be simulcasting “The Match 4”: TNT, TBS and truTV. Coverage of the event will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will feature play-by-play host Brian Anderson, former “The Match” participant Charles Barkley and other notable analysts.

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