You are Phil Mickelson and you have a 12-foot leg on 18 dead for rights. The only sound you can distinguish is the gentle beat of your own heartbeat, match on the line, when …
Come on. He wouldn’t do it, would he?
“If he fools shots he might fool one of you,” Broncos kicker Brandon McManus said of Peyton Manning’s golfing face. Or talk (like), “Hey, don’t forget there is water on the right. “I tell you to do something you shouldn’t do.
“It is clear that we are amateurs in this sport. This game will humiliate you in one second.”
And PFM? He’ll humiliate you in three hours.
“He’s taking his bad shots,” McManus continued. “I don’t know if he’s making fun of himself, but if he’s coming at you.”
If you watch The Match: Champions For Charity showdown Sunday, with Manning and Tiger Woods on one side and Tom Brady and Mickelson on the other, listen carefully to the chess games played by number 18, still think of three continue.
“He’s a great putter. And he’s a really good scrambler, ”said McManus, who has played twice with his former teammate – once at Cherry Hills Country Club, where Manning is a member, and once at Castle Pines. “At that moment, the most pressure is on you.
“And he’s very detail-oriented. He puts it all together when he has to shoot certain shots. He does a great job with that.”
McManus is no slouch himself, with a handicap of 4. The Pennsylvania resident interned at the US Women’s Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania five summers ago and caddied for Zach Johnson at the Masters’ par-3 match in 2019.
“I love playing with (Manning), just the banter,” said McManus. “It’s just banter in the locker room on the track, and that’s what makes it great to be there. We’re all super competitive in everything we do. At the end of the day, no one ever wants to lose.”
Vegas says PFM will not do that. Oddsmakers have installed the Peyton-Tiger team as favorites for Sunday’s best ball game, which is expected to raise more than $ 10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts. That the thing is played at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, Woods’ home track, certainly helps. The same goes for the fact that Woods and Manning are old friends who cut off a toenail before surrendering to Mickelson and Brady on live television.
“First of all, I’m a big Tiger fan,” said McManus. “Now that Tiger is playing with Peyton, I would say that I am definitely rooting for that side. I think they are a good team together.
“Tom is such a competitor and Phil picked up his social media game with the smack talk. Tiger and Peyton have such a winning (vibe). I think there will be a fair amount of nonsense. I pulled them through. “
According to Golf Digest, Manning brings a handicap of 6.4 for the party, compared to Brady’s 8.1. And number 18 is already a gray veteran on the pro-am circuit, including Pebble Beach, with a selection of former playing partners including Woods and President Donald Trump. In November 2017, Manning carved a hole-on-one at number 12 in Cherry Hills from 196 yards with a 5-iron.
“I’ve been in the locker room with him, been on the field with him. He brings such a focus and a detailed approach to everything,” said McManus about the former Broncos quarterback and Super Bowl 50 champion. “And I think he does that with golf.
“At the same time, when he’s on the court, he’s similar to how he is on Saturday Night Live. It’s a fun mix, a mix of those. We’re amateurs … we’re not professional golfers. I think during the course should also have a bit of SNL in you. ‘
“I have no loss in the books for Peyton,” said McManus. “I keep reminding him: he just doesn’t like me because I beat him twice.”