This past Sunday, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took part in “The Match II: Champions for Charity,” teaming up with Phil Mickelson against Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods to raise money for COVID-19 relief.
It was a fun afternoon all-around, especially for the record-setting audience watching from home. Averaging 5.8 million viewers across the different Turner Sports channels, the event was a big hit ratings-wise. And of course, raising $20 million was the bigger success.
The Match was the most-watched Golf telecast in cable history.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 25, 2020
It raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief pic.twitter.com/EosCCwROIP
Whether you watched it yourself or have seen clips and/or jokes about it on Twitter, you probably know by now that it was not the best day on the course for Brady—and it’s also likely that you know he split his pants at one point during the afternoon.
The six-time Super Bowl champion was off his game early, and although he did well to redeem himself with some big shots as the day progressed, his congratulatory tweet to Manning and Woods on Sunday night indicated that he was happy to be heading back to his day job. Of course, that day job is now “starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
But before he fully transitions back to unofficial practices and/or team-affiliated activities, Brady took to Instagram on Wednesday to share his takeaways from Sunday’s event, which included plenty of humor:
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I learned a few lessons from this past weekend’s golf tournament with @philmickelson @tigerwoods and #Peyton...I had a lot of fun and grateful to be part of an event that raised a lot of money for Covid relief: 1. Amazing what happens when groups of people come together for the common good. 2. Peyton is still as clutch as ever. 3. I did not escape the inclement weather...heavy stuff...ALL DAY. 4. I shouldn’t wear the same pants to golf that I wear to church. 5. As great as @philmickelson is as a golfer, he is a better man, coach and teammate and potentially has the best calves on the PGA Tour. 6. I really enjoy golf...at halftime of football games we get checked for concussions, in golf, you get refreshments. 7. It was nice to be the young guy again. 8. @tigerwoods was a great host and champion, and I was especially thankful he missed that putt on the 7th hole...had he made it, I would have just went home. 9. I’m sticking to my day job
There are some complimentary takeaways in there for all three of the legends he played with, but my personal favorites are as follows:
“4. I shouldn’t wear the same pants to golf that I wear to church.”
That’s some funny dad humor right there. I don’t care who you are.
“6. I really enjoy golf... at halftime of football games we get checked for concussions, in golf, you get refreshments.”
True. The two sports definitely have their differences, and it sounds like this is one that Brady likes the most.
“7. It was nice to be the young guy again.”
I hadn’t really thought about this until reading his post, but Brady was the youngest guy of the four competitors on Sunday, compared to Manning (44), Woods (45 in December) and Mickelson (50 in June). Hopefully the soon-to-be 43-year-old Brady didn’t get too used to being the youngster, though, as the next-oldest Buccaneer behind him is Ndamukong Suh, who turned 33 in January.
And lastly, the final of my favorite takeaways...
“9. I’m sticking to my day job.”
As fun as it was seeing Brady compete on Sunday, it doesn’t compare to what it’ll be like when he takes the field in a Bucs uniform for the first time this fall.