The Match 4: Start Time, How to Watch, Live Stream Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady Golf Event

The NFL season may still be two months away but football fans starved of action can get a glimpse of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday.

The two legendary quarterbacks, however, will face each other on a golf course rather than on a football field, when they join Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau in The Match 4.

A charity event that will raise funds for several U.S. charities, the event is the fourth iteration of The Match and the second consecutive year Brady will be out on the course along with Mickelson.

Here's all you need to know.

What is The Match 4?

A charity event featuring two of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history paired with two of the most high-profile players on the PGA Tour playing 18 holes of golf around a picturesque course.

Brady will play with Mickelson, while Rodgers has been paired up with DeChambeau. All of it will unfold in front of TV cameras and the quartet will be wearing microphones, so there's plenty of potential for entertainment.

Topic of conversations could include Rodgers' future with the Green Bay Packers, DeChambeau's recent split from his caddie and his ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka.

More importantly, all proceeds will go to charity.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, left, shakes hands with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Bucs defeated the Packers during on Sunday, October 18, 2020, in Tampa, Florida. Mark LoMoglio/AP Photo

When is The Match 4?

The one-day event will be held on Tuesday, July 6. Play is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.

Where is The Match 4?

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau will compete at The Reserve at Moonlinght Basin in Big Sky, Montana. Designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, the course stretches over 8,000 yards and sits at 7,500 feet above sea level—Big Sky is a famous ski resort.

It features several downhill tees, including 777-yard par 5.

How to watch The Match 4 on TV

Turner Sports has exclusive broadcasting rights to the event, which will be simulcast on TNT and TBS. As was the case last year, NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley will be part of the commentary team along with Cheyenne Woods, Larry Fitzgerald and Trevor Immelman.

Barkley's sarcastic quips were a big hit with viewers last year, but less so with the players. At one point Brady started trash-talking the former NBA star himself.

How to watch The Match 4 online

A live stream of The Match 4 will be available via TNT and TBS digital platforms including the WatchTNT app and via truTV on connected devices.

Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson during The Match: Champions for Charity last year.

What is the format of The Match 4?

The event takes place over 18 holes on a match-play, modified alternate shot format.

Match-play scoring is the same system utilized at the Ryder Cup and means whichever team with the best score wins an individual hole, with tied holes halved with no carryover.

The team with the most points at the end of the 18 holes wins the event, as opposed to stroke play—the format in place at every PGA Tour event and the four majors—when the player who has taken the least amount of shots wins the tournament.

Modified alternate shot, meanwhile, refers to a format in which both players of the same team hit a tee shot, before selecting the best tee shot of the two and continuing from there until the ball is holed. Again, the team that records the lower score wins the hole.

What is The Match 4 purse?

Details on the purse remain sketchy at the time of writing, but the previous iterations of the event have proved to be a major boon for charities—and for Mickelson himself, who pocketed $9 million when he won the first event in a winner-takes-all showdown against Tiger Woods.

Last year, The Match: Champions for Charity raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts, with Brady and Mickelson paired against Woods and Peyton Manning.

Meanwhile the third iteration raised $4.4 million that went to historically Black college and universities.

Feeding America and several other charities will be the beneficiaries of Tuesday's event.

How good are Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers at golf?

Both NFL quarterbacks can hold their own on a golf course. Brady, a member at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, was listed as having an handicap of 8.1 prior to his appearance in last year's event.

Rodgers, meanwhile, told in 2019 that he was a 3.5 handicap at his best.

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