Only on a golf course will you witness four of the last five NFL MVPs competing at the same time and in the same place this year.
A foursome of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen will compete in this year’s Capital One’s The Match. The 12-hole exhibition will take place at Wynn Las Vegas, the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip, on June 1 (6:30 p.m. ET on TNT).
This year’s Game will pit veteran quarterbacks Brady and Rodgers against rising stars Mahomes and Allen, according to Turner Sports.
Last year, Brady and Rodgers were opponents in The Match. Last July at Big Sky, Montana, they were paired with PGA Tour players Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. The match was won by Rodgers and DeChambeau, with Rodgers clinching the victory with a 12-foot putt on the 16th hole.
According to Turner Sports, the last five editions of Capital One’s The Match have raised almost $33 million for various philanthropic organizations.
Rodgers, the two-time NFL MVP, and Brady, who had considered retiring, both elected to stay in the league this offseason. Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers, while Brady retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then went back on his word.
The Wisconsin State Golf Association lists Rodgers at a 4.6 handicap, while Brady was reportedly an 8.1 handicap before last year’s match. Rodgers also plays in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament on a regular basis, and Mahomes did so last summer.
With a 9.0 handicap, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen competed in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in February.
According to Golf.com, Mahomes has a handicap of 7.7. When questioned about the event on Monday, Mahomes couldn’t help but poke fun at Brady and Rodgers.
“The reason we’re going to win is that we’re going to be able to play the course differently than old Tom and old Aaron over there,” Mahomes explained. “They might get us on a couple of par 3s and stuff like that but whenever we can really open it up and use the drivers . . . it’s going to be nice to be able to use our little wedges like they use their 6-irons.” says the player.