Rivals on the field, teammates on the links. We’re just days away from kicking off at Wynn Golf Club when Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers take on Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. Check out our favorite bets for The Match 6 below!
The sixth version of the made-for-TV golf exhibition returns to the Wynn Golf Club, where Brooks Koepka dominated Bryson DeChambeau in November. This time, however, will be the first without any PGA Tour players. Instead, four NFL quarterbacks will participate.
The team of Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is heavily favored at -180 to defeat Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, who are at +150.
It will be a 12-hole match play using a shamble format. Golfers will all tee off and each team’s best drive will be used. Then golfers will play their own ball from that spot to the hole.
Here’s a look at some of our favorite picks and predictions for The Match 6 on June 1.
Match 6 selections
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The breakdown of the Wynn Golf Club
The Wynn Golf Club presents many dangers for a resort course located on the Vegas Strip. It’s a Tom Fazio design that plays just over 6,700 yards from the back tees with a unique hole pattern. There are six Par 3s and four Par 5s.
Match 6 Prop Predictions
Mahomes and Allen go in search of pins
Although Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen won’t win, that doesn’t mean they won’t have highlights that day. One of them could come on the fourth hole they play, a Par 3.
The first Par 3 of the day has not been announced but it will probably be No 12, although they have six to choose from. The 12th hole registers 209 yards from the tips, but will likely be shorter, perhaps to the middle tees of around 160 yards.
This should give all four golfers a chance to hit the ball close. Although the water faces the back and left of the hole, golfers will need to correctly gauge their distance.
Still, I think this is one of the few holes where Mahomes and Allen could have an edge and win.
Prediction: Mahomes-Allen closest to pin on hole #4 (+105 at DraftKings)
Mahomes & Allen pull out the big sticks
One of the strengths of Mahomes and Allen is that they are both capable of bombing the ball off the tee. However, where that ends up might be another matter, as accuracy isn’t their forte.
Once they get past the jitters of the opening hole, I think they’ll calm down enough to let loose on the second hole, where they’re the underdog in the bet of who will have the longest drive. Mahomes has already started the trash talk, taking a swipe at his older opponents.
“The reason we’re going to win is we’re going to be able to play the course differently than old Tom and old Aaron there,” Mahomes said. “They might get us to do some Par 3s and stuff like that, but anytime 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.” ‘
Prediction: Mahomes-Allen’s longest drive on hole 2 (+105 at DraftKings)
Match 6 winner prediction
Brady and Rodgers are victorious
There are two reasons why Aaron Rodgers and teammate Tom Brady should easily defeat the duo of Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
The first is that Rodgers is clearly the best golfer in the bunch. He is listed as a 4.6 handicap by the Wisconsin State Golf Association, playing at Green Bay Country Club. Teammate Brady is listed with an 8.1 handicap, while Mahomes has a 7.7 handicap and Allen has a nine handicap.
At last year’s American Century Championship – an annual celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe – Rodgers finished 24th with Mahomes playing in the same event and finishing 50th. Allen played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, but he and partner Kevin Mitchell were not selected.
The second reason Rodgers and Brady should win is because Brady has been here before and won’t show any nervousness. Brady has starred in The Match two other times and is comfortable with the format and TV cameras.
Mahomes, and especially Allen, have experienced no such thing. They can expect swear words not just from Rodgers and Brady, but also from Charles Barkley, who works on TV and can speak directly to golfers.
This summer’s ‘The Match’ – Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers playing golf against Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes – is next week on TNT, but the trash-talk is already in full swing. https://t.co/wCu9ZkbQGv pic.twitter.com/bQAgEVK8Ro
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 25, 2022
If Mahomes and Allen can’t get comfortable, this game could end quickly.
Prediction: Brady-Rodgers victorious (-160 to DraftKings)