Brady misses his birdie at the last for the win, but Rodgers buries his 2 for the 1-up victory. What a fun match tonight. Patrick Mahomes played the best, but ultimately the old man team of Brady and Rodgers was too wily at the beginning and the end. Winning the first two holes against Mahomes and Allen was monumental as the younger squad ran out of a little steam at the end, and Rodgers delivered an emphatic dagger. The more of these matches that are played in the future, the better.
The Match 2022 results: Aaron Rodgers sinks clutch putt as he, Tom Brady beat Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes
The veteran NFL signal callers beat their younger counterparts by coming up big late
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers know a thing or two about winning NFL games on clutch plays inside the final 2 minutes, and the pair of future Pro Football of Famers proved that again Wednesday by translating their unique ability to size victory in make-or-break situations to the golf course. Rodgers sunk a walk-off 15-foot putt on the 12th and final hole of The Match to send him and Brady to a win over Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.
"I felt really good about [the putt], to be honest," Rodgers said. "Tommy gave me a great read. I heard Trevor [Immelman] and Charles [Barkley] in my head telling me I was going to make it, and I felt good about the line when I hit it, I knew it was going in. It was a fun day."
A-Rod for the WIN! 🎯 #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/et3paek5DB— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2022
Rodgers ended the round as he began it on the first with that clutch birdie putt. Brady's previous try on the 12th skirted past the hole but only after Allen nearly sunk what would have been an astoundingly impressive 80-footer. Also on the line for Allen's putt was an offer from Barkley to jump into a lake surrounding the green, but the ball settled inches right of the hole, keeping the Chuckster dry for the rest of the evening.
Brady and Rodgers took an early 2 UP lead through the first couple holes, but Allen and Mahomes went on a run from there with the Chiefs quarterback doing the heavy lifting. Mahomes hit some world-class iron shots and even got the ball to back up on some of his approaches, which was a bit eye-opening. Once he started downing beers on the third hole, his driver straightened out a bit as well thanks to the imbibed "swing juice," as broadcaster J.J. Watt called it.
Mahomes and Allen won the third hole to pull within one, and neither team led by more than one the rest of the way. The putter was the magic club for Mahomes throughout. He poured (and walked) them in from all over the yard as his squad tied Brady and Rodgers on the fifth. He made so many putts that I thought Jordan Spieth's 2015 season was going to take off a Mahomes costume and reveal itself. The Allen-Mahomes team needed them, too, because Allen wasn't bringing as much to the table as was advertised.
What a CLUTCH putt for Mahomes on hole 6 👏 (@att) pic.twitter.com/YpPY50UOeG— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2022
The youngsters kept surging and went ahead on the eighth hole, but Brady, who was erratic all day -- even hitting a cold shank at one point -- finally contributed something when he tied retied the match with a clutch putt of his own at the 10th to set the table for Rodgers at the last.
Immelman called out how well Rodgers had been putting it throughout the day -- he also hit it well early on -- just as the Packers star stepped up to his last putt and walked it in with a monstrous fist pump before it even got close to the cup.
As much fun as the early parts of the event were -- Brady dropped an F-bomb on the first tee and Allen used golf balls with Brady's infamous NFL Combine photo on them -- it got a bit tense down the stretch as four ultra-competitive dudes went after the win.
"Things got pretty serious, and we buckled down a little bit," Rodgers said. "These two were playing pretty good, and we didn't want to come out of here with an L."
Brady sinks his putt to tie it up ⛳️— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 2, 2022
Watch the final 2 holes now on TNT #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/TatVxCaLPP
Wednesday marked the sixth iteration of The Match overall but the first that did not include any professional golfers. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have all been prominently involved, as have Peyton Manning, Rodgers and Brady over the past few years. Mahomes and Allen were new to the party, but they certainly entertained and brought a ton of fans out with Chiefs Kingdom and Bills Mafia both well-represented.
This version of the event proved that while having pro golfers involved certainly brings more quality to the show, as long as thing run relatively quickly, there's plenty of good banter, the golf is at least above average (which it was) and the broadcast is funny and lighthearted, this enterprise can work for as long as they want to keep showing it.
CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with the latest scores, updates and highlights below.
Oh my gosh, Josh Allen just almost made like an 80-footer that would have probably won the match. Wow.
Pars at No. 11 which means this thing is going down to the last hole. Mahomes is playing great and carrying Allen around the golf course. Brady and Rodgers are ham and egging it around pretty well and fought their way back late to tie it back up. Fun match, let's have a good ending.
Going deep 💪@AaronRodgers12 drives the green on the par-4 10th. pic.twitter.com/8wxyABmsPg— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
On all the errant shots hit today, Barkley just said, "If I get hit [by one of these guys], it's not going to be TNT anymore, it's going to be TNTCharlesBarkley. I'm gonna sue the hell out of you guys."— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
Rodgers drove the green on No. 10, and Brady two-putted from there for birdie. Rodgers has definitely carried their team, but that was a clutch birdie for Brady when they really needed it. Last two holes will be legit tense.
Beautiful tee shot.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Confident birdie putt.
Fist pump.@PatrickMahomes secures the first lead of The Match for him and @JoshAllenQB. pic.twitter.com/tv0ol6HbUt
Mahomes currently putting like 2015 Spieth.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
Best putters in golf history:— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) June 2, 2022
1) Brad Faxon
2) Inbee Park
3) Ben Crenshaw
4) Patrick Mahomes
5) Tiger Woods
Mahomes makes a birdie on the 9th hole to match Rodgers and maintain a 1 up lead going to the last three holes. He's putting on a putting show!
.@TexasMGolf wins their fourth NCAA team national championship, and first since 2012. The Coody twins and Travis Vick win their matches in the championship round.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) June 2, 2022
They are the 10th program in men's Div. I history with 4 or more national championships.
"That could be the deciding factor in this match here."@PatrickMahomes is rolling it. pic.twitter.com/2bqO1Sv1tC— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
All tied thru 11 holes. Onto the last!
Updated: 10:21 p.m.
Mahomes is playing quite well so far. He's closest to the pin on No. 8 and makes a true birdie to take a 1-up lead with four holes left. He's totally been the MVP of this match to this point.
Barkley on JT: "Unfortunately he went to Alabama because he didn't have the grades to go to Auburn."— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
An extremely tight finish right now for the #NCAAGolf championships right now on @GolfChannel— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) June 2, 2022
Fan screams "expecto patronum!" after Tom Brady hits an iron over a tree following an Aaron Rodgers drop next to a shrub in a charity exhibition at a Las Vegas hotel golf course. Normal sport.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
7 Super Bowl rings for @TomBrady.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Just like us on the golf course. pic.twitter.com/ztCOtEyxio
7 Super Bowl rings ...@TomBrady is still human on the golf course. pic.twitter.com/j3zNjmcQ6v— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Tied at the halfway point.@JoshAllenQB and @PatrickMahomes have fought back after falling 2DN early to @TomBrady and @AaronRodgers12.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Mahomes just walked home a par putt on the sixth to tie the hole and keep the match tied. Big-time putt, and I loved seeing him walk it in with ease. The match is fun right now!
Mahomes two-putts the fifth to win the hole and tie the match. Brady and Rodgers are a bit out of sorts right now and need to right the ship coming home.
Dome-in-one.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Tough hole for Rodgers and Brady at the fifth, and it looks like Mahomes and Allen are going to tie the match by winning the hole. Brady just hit a shank, and Rodgers has been all over the place. After a hot start, he's cooled off some and the old men don't have much momentum right now.
Hosel adjacent! pic.twitter.com/pcRqRibcQ1— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
"That's good."@PatrickMahomes makes birdie to get one back for Team Allen/Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/pWgiqwvdbu— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2022
Barkley is 6-4, 270 (?) and JJ Watt makes him look like he's JJ Spaun. pic.twitter.com/LYSWbVIMbq— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
Haha, this is great. pic.twitter.com/fgBGlztg8j— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 2, 2022
Lol at this. So good.
The Match QBs asked about biggest hit they every took.— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) June 1, 2022
Tom Brady references the famous #Bills hit by Nate Clements hit where his helmet popped off.
Josh Allen quickly asks:
"That film is black and white, right?"
Par-par on the fun, par-3 fourth, and we're already a third done with the match tonight. It's been snappy and fun so far and probably better golf than I thought it might be.