2022 Match Results: Aaron Rodgers sinks the clutch putt as he, Tom Brady, defeated Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes


2022 Match Results: Aaron Rodgers sinks the clutch putt as he, Tom Brady, defeated Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers know a thing or two about winning NFL games at clutch games within the last 2 minutes, and the pair of future Pro Football of Famers proved it again on Wednesday by showing off their unique ability to Achieving victory in make-or-break translated situations on the golf course. Rodgers sank a 15-foot walk-off 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 [the putt], to be honest,” Rodgers said. “Tommy gave me a great read. I heard Trevor [Immelman] and Karl [Barkley] In my head I told myself I was going to make it and I felt good about 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 the first round with that clutch birdie putt. Brady’s previous attempt on the 12th went wide of the hole, but only after Allen nearly sunk what would have been a stunningly impressive 80-foot bottom. 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 few holes, but Allen and Mahomes ran from there with the Chiefs quarterback doing the heavy lifting. Mahomes hit some world-class iron shots and even got the ball to save on some of his approaches, which was a bit revealing. When he started drinking beers on the third hole, his driver also sat up a little thanks to what broadcaster JJ Watt called “swing juice”.

Mahomes and Allen won the third hole to draw within one, and neither team led by more than one the rest of the way. The putter was the magic club for Mahomes throughout. He poured (and walked) them in from across the yard as his team tied Brady and Rodgers on the fifth. He made so many putts I thought Jordan Spieth’s 2015 season would pull off a Mahomes suit and reveal himself. The Allen-Mahomes team also needed them because Allen didn’t bring as much to the table as was announced.

The youngsters kept shooting and went ahead on the eighth hole, but Brady, who was unpredictable all day – even hit a cold shaft in one spot — finally contributed, tying the match with a clutch putt of his own on the 10th to set the table for Rodgers last.

Immelman was shouting about how well Rodgers had been doing all day — he was also hitting well early on — just as the Packers star rose to his final putt and smashed it in with a monstrous fist pump before he even got anywhere near the cup.

As fun as the early parts of the event were – Brady dropping an F-Bomb on the first tee and Allen using golf balls with Brady’s infamous NFL Combine photo on them – things got a little tense on the course as four ultra-competitive hunks went after the victory.

“Things got pretty serious and we backed off a bit,” Rodgers said. “These two played pretty well and we didn’t want to come out with an L.”

Wednesday marked the sixth iteration of The Match overall, but the first not to feature 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 brought in a crowd of fans, with Chiefs Kingdom and Bill’s Mafia both well represented.

This version of the event proved that having professional golfers in attendance certainly adds quality to the show as long as things happen relatively quickly, there is plenty of good banter, the golf is at least above average (which it was) and the broadcast is fun and upbeat, this company can function as long as they want to keep showing it.

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