The Match 2022 results: Aaron Rodgers sinks clutch putt as he, Tom Brady beat Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers know a thing or two about winning NFL games on clutch plays in the last 2 minutes, and the future Pro Football of Famers pair proved it again on Wednesday by translating their unique ability to gauge victory as a make or break. situations at the golf course. Rodgers sank a 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 Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

“I felt really good with [the putt], to be honest,” Rodgers said. “Tommy gave me a great read. I heard Trevor [Immelman] and Charles [Barkley] in my head thinking I was going to make it, and I felt good in the line when I hit it, I knew it was going to go in. It was a fun day.

Rodgers finished the round the way he started first with that clutch birdie putt. Brady’s previous try on 12 rounded the hole, but only after Allen nearly sank what would have been a surprisingly impressive 80 feet. 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 to the 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 two holes, but Allen and Mahomes ran away from there, with the Chiefs quarterback doing the heavy lifting. Mahomes hit some world-class iron shots and even got the ball back on some of his approaches, which was a bit telling. Once he started drinking beers on the third hole, his driver perked up a bit too thanks to soaked “swing juice,” as broadcaster JJ Watt called it.

Mahomes and Allen won the third hole to shoot less than one, and neither team led more than one the rest of the way. The putter was Mahomes’ magic club all along. He poured them (and walked them) from all over the court as his team tied Brady and Rodgers for fifth. He made so many putts that I thought Jordan Spieth’s 2015 season was going to pull off a Mahomes suit and reveal himself. The Allen-Mahomes team also needed it, as Allen wasn’t bringing as much to the table as advertised.

The youngsters kept surging and took the lead on the eighth hole, but Brady, who had been erratic all day — even hit a cold rod at some point – finally contributed something when he tied the game with his own clutch putt in the 10th to set the table for Rodgers last.

Immelman explained how well Rodgers put it all day – he also hit it well early on – just as the Packers star walked up to his last putt and shoved it in with a monstrous fist-pump before she even gets close to the cup.

As fun as the early parts of the event were — Brady dropped an F-bomb off the first tee and Allen used golf balls with Brady’s infamous NFL Combine photo on them — it got a little tense on the stretch as four ultra-competitive guys went after the win.

“Things got pretty serious and we pulled ourselves together a bit,” Rodgers said. “Those two were playing pretty well, and we didn’t want to walk out of here with an L.”

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 in recent years. Mahomes and Allen were new to the party, but they certainly entertained and attracted a ton of fans with Chiefs Kingdom and Bills Mafia both well represented.

This version of the event proved that while the involvement of professional golfers certainly brings more quality to the show, as long as it all happens relatively quickly, there are plenty of good banter, golf is at least above average (which it was) and the spread is funny and lighthearted, this business can run as long as they want to keep showing it.

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