The Match, Champions for Charity odds, predictions 2020: Tiger vs. Phil II picks from top-rated golf expert
Sal Johnson nailed the Masters and PGA Championship last year and is now locked in on Phil vs. Tiger 2.
The TaylorMade Driving Relief event last Sunday was a hit, raising $5.5 million for coronavirus relief efforts, and it gave fans and bettors their first taste of competitive golf in more than two months. On Sunday, The Match: Champions for Charity, will bring even more star power to the cause. The event, which tees off at 2 p.m. ET at Medalist Golf Club, pits Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady on one of the world's toughest courses.
Tiger vs. Phil II will be best-ball on the front nine, with a modified alternate-shot format on the back. Woods and Manning are listed as -190 favorites at William Hill, while Mickelson and Brady are +170 underdogs in the latest Tiger vs. Phil odds. Before making any 2020 Champions for Charity picks, be sure to see the latest Tiger vs. Phil II predictions from SportsLine's resident golf insider, Sal Johnson.
A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf statistics database, is coming off a red-hot year on his golf picks that has continued into this season.
He featured Woods in his best bets for the 2019 Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off victories. He nailed the season-ending Tour Championship, pegging Koepka, McIlroy and Xander Schauffele as main contenders to come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, Schauffele was second and Koepka tied for third.
Johnson also has a strong feel for what it takes to win in Florida, and he was all over it in the Tour's last completed event. At the Honda Classic in March at Palm Beach Gardens, he tabbed Sungjae Im as one of his players to watch, and the 21-year-old got his first PGA Tour win.
Johnson noted that the South Korean had played poorly on the West Coast last year before surging after the Tour hit Florida, and he expected him to repeat the pattern. "He has been uninspiring this year out West, so look for good things in the weeks to come," Johnson wrote. Im shot a final-round 66 to finish six under par at PGA National.
Now, with sportsbooks taking bets on Tiger vs. Phil 2, Johnson has scoured the odds and picked a winner. You can only see his extensive breakdown and pick here.
The Match II expert analysis
Johnson has been following Woods for years, and knows the 44-year-old will look to even the score with Mickelson. Lefty beat Tiger for the $9 million purse in the original iteration of The Match in Las Vegas two years ago. Woods has well-documented injury issues, but hasn't lost his fire. He won the Masters last year for his 15th major title. He won the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan in October and is a member at Medalist, giving him a decided home-field advantage.
Manning also has played in his share of high-profile golf events and is a member at Augusta National. He has played with Woods before and the two have a strong rapport. Manning once joked that he had to change his audibles one year when Woods lost the world's top ranking, according to Golf Channel. The joke spurred Woods to go out and win the next two events to reclaim the top spot.
Mickelson has plenty of experience and could have the edge mentally after beating Woods in the initial staging of The Match in November 2018. He took the $9 million purse, as well as $400,000 in side bets. The 49-year-old has struggled in his recent events, missing the cut in four of his past five, but finished third at Pebble Beach in February. He remains one of the Tour's best with his touch around the greens, which should prove highly useful at Medalist.
Brady's stature has allowed him to play in many high-profile events, and Johnson has seen his fire. The iconic quarterback is an eight handicap and recently became a member at Medalist. He also has privileges at three-time U.S. Open host The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., near his longtime home. He won six Super Bowls with New England, but his time on the course has been limited while he learns a new offense and prepares for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
How to make 2020 Champions for Charity picks
Johnson knows the bookmakers are locked in on Woods and Manning. But he has identified a critical X-factor that makes one of the teams a must-back. You can see what it is, and who he's backing, only at SportsLine.
So who wins The Match: Champions for Charity? And what critical X factor will determine the winner? Visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson's full picks and analysis for Tiger vs. Phil II, from the insider who nailed the Tour Championship and knows what it takes to win in Florida, and find out.
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