In the words of Deion Sanders, who was one of the many sports stars to join TNT’s broadcast, Phil Mickelson turned “water into wine” Friday at Stone Canyon in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Mickelson and Barkley entered the day as underdogs, but won The Match: Champions for Change 4 & 3 thanks to Mickelson’s veteran leadership and Chuck’s revamped swing.
After losing the first hole to Peyton Manning and Steph Curry, Mickelson and Barkley regrouped and got moving, winning four-straight holes to take a 3 up lead. Barkley, known for his glitchy swing, surprised announcers, viewers and competitors with the debut of his smooth(er) swing during the third installment of The Match.
Mickelson and Barkley led 4 up three separate times during Friday’s modified alternate shot match-play charity round. Manning and Curry, while both legends in their respective sports, struggled putting at Stone Canyon, leaving room for the five-time major champion and only pro golfer to save several holes on behalf of team Mickelson/Barkley. Mickelson won The Match on the par-5 15th, the third par 5 Mickelson and Barkley won of the day, with a birdie putt.
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