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The Match 3: Champions for Change – Betting Odds Favor Curry, Manning

The third iteration of “The Match: Champions for Change” is scheduled to go down tomorrow, November 27. It marks the first time the celebrity golf match will not include Tiger Woods. Odds for The Match 3 have been released, so let’s take a look at who is the favorite to win the big charity golf event.

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Phil Mickelson makes his return as the only pro golfer in the field, having won The Match: Tiger vs Phil straight up before losing the second event earlier this year with partner Tom Brady. The duo dropped a tight contest to Woods and Peyton Manning in May.

For this version of The Match, Mickelson will pair up with NBA legend Charles Barkley, who was a guest analyst for the two previous events. They will face off against returning champion Peyton Manning and two-time NBA MVP and scratch golfer Stephen Curry.

Sportsbooks are giving Curry and Manning -165 odds to win The Match 3: Champions for Change, with Mickelson and Barkley coming back as +130 underdogs.


The Match 3: Broadcast Details
  • Date/Time: November 27, 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Course: Stone Canyon Golf Club
  • Where to Watch: TNT

Who Will Win The Match 3?

When it comes to celebrity golf events, there’s always money to be made for sports bettors. Curry and Manning are favored in the latest odds to win The Match 3, but be sure to keep checking this page for updated odds.

Odds To Win The Match 3 
TeamOdds
Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley+130
Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning-165

Odds as of November 26 at Bovada

Rules & Format

The third edition of the live charity event is officially set for tomorrow, Friday, November 27, the day after American Thanksgiving, at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona.

The competition format will be modified alternate-shot match play.

The event will contribute to and highlight diversity, equality, and inclusion through donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), while raising awareness and spotlighting opportunities for diversity and equality in sports. It is a cause that all four athletes have supported throughout their careers, which ultimately led to the foursome teaming up for the event.

The Match will be hosted by play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson alongside Trevor Immelman and Andre Iguodala, with on-course reporters Cheyenne Woods and Gary McCord. Additionally, Eli Manning will be part of the pre-game show alongside LPGA star Michelle Wie.

Curry and Manning are the Betting Favorites

Curry, known most notably to hit long-range three-pointers in the NBA, is actually a scratch golfer, which is a big reason why he and Manning are The Match 3 odds favorites at -165.

The Golden State Warriors superstar has a history of playing at the American Century Championship celebrity tournament and at two events on the Korn Ferry Tour, which is the minors of the PGA, just one step down from the PGA Tour. Although Curry has yet to make the cut at the Korn Ferry, he still fares pretty well for someone who does not play golf as his primary sport.

Manning managed to play decently during the Match event in May, making a few pars and hitting some really good drives off the tee. According to the USGA’s Handicap Information Network, the quarterback-turned-golfer has a 6.4 handicap.

Curry and Manning own the best odds to win The Match 3, and the alternate-shot format should benefit them to be in control the whole round.

Mickelson and Barkley Should Keep Things Close

Mickelson has been playing some of his best golf of late, winning for the second time in as many starts on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and then finishing tied for 55th at the Masters. His partner Charles Barkley is known for having one of the wackiest golf swings, but Mickelson is excited to team up with the NBA on TNT analyst.

“While we may need a handicap for Chuck, I’m looking forward to playing with Peyton and Stephen and to help raise money for another important cause,” said Mickelson.

As the only pro golfer at the event, and at a course that he owns, it is a little surprising that Mickelson and Barkley are the underdogs at +130 odds to win The Match 3: Champions for Change. Barkley has not played in a competitive golf tournament since July at the American Century Championship, where he was only able to make three pars and finished second to last.

Expect Mickelson to do all of the heavy lifting, with Barkley making a few decent shots, and the duo able to compete till the very end.

Prediction: Manning and Curry (-165) win 2 up

I predict that the duo of Curry and Manning will be in front after nine holes, and will not relinquish their lead after that. In a charity golf format, I think Mickelson will be able to muster enough good shots to make sure that he and Barkley stay close throughout the match but ultimately they will fall short of coming away with the win.

As poorly as I think Barkley will play, I actually think he will come up with some big shots on the back nine, allowing him and Mickelson to be in a position to win. Overall, I do think it will be a tight match with Mickelson and Barkley battling their way through the course, only to eventually lose on the 17th hole.

Bovada has released Match 3 props and special hole-in-one odds as well:

charles barkley props
PropOdds
Will he make a putt from 30 or more feet?+400
Will he hole out from off the green?+600
Will he hole out from 100 yards or more?+2500

Odds as of November 24 at Bovada

peyton manning props
PropOdds
Will he make a putt from 30 or more feet?+150
Will he hole out from off the green?+400
Will he hole out from 100 yards or more?+1500

Odds as of November 24 at Bovada

stephen curry props
PropOdds
Will he make a putt from 30 or more feet?+150
Will he hole out from off the green?+400
Will he hole out from 100 yards or more?+1500

Odds as of November 24 at Bovada

hole-in-one specials
PropOdds
Phil Mickelson to card a hole-in-one on any hole+2500
Any player to card a hole-in-one on Echo Canyon (Hole 6)+2500
Stephen Curry to card a hole-in-one on any hole+5000
Phil Mickelson to card a hole-in-one on Saguaro Canyon (Hole 14)+5000
Peyton Manning to card a hole-in-one on any hole+5000
Phil Mickelson to card a hole-in-one on Echo Canyon (Hole 6)+6600
Phil Mickelson to card a hole-in-one on Multiple Options (Hole 9)+6600
Peyton Manning to card a hole-in-one on Saguaro Canyon (Hole 14)+6600
Stephen Curry to card a hole-in-one on Saguaro Canyon (Hole 14)+6600
Phil Mickelson to card a hole-in-one on Lion’s Den (Hole 16)+7000
Peyton Manning to card a hole-in-one on Echo Canyon (Hole 6)+8000
Stephen Curry to card a hole-in-one on Multiple Options (Hole 9)+8000
Peyton Manning to card a hole-in-one on Multiple Options (Hole 9)+8000
Charles Barkley to card a hole-in-one on any hole+8000
Stephen Curry to card a hole-in-one on Echo Canyon (Hole 6)+8000
Stephen Curry to card a hole-in-one on Lion’s Den (Hole 16)+9000
Peyton Manning to card a hole-in-one on Lion’s Den (Hole 16)+9000
Charles Barkley to card a hole-in-one on Saguaro Canyon (Hole 14)+10000
Charles Barkley to card a hole-in-one on Echo Canyon (Hole 6)+15000
Charles Barkley to card a hole-in-one on Multiple Options (Hole 9)+15000
Charles Barkley to card a hole-in-one on Lion’s Den (Hole 16)+17500

Odds as of November 24 at Bovada

BetOnline has also released its own share of prop odds for The Match:

Odds on if phil mickelson will hit fIR on Hole no. 1
OptionOdds
Yes-300
No+225

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if phil mickelson will hit FIR on Hole no. 2
OptionOdds
Yes-275
No+200

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if phil mickelson will hit GIR on Hole no. 6
OptionOdds
Yes-275
No+200

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if stephen curry will hit fIR on Hole no. 1
OptionOdds
Yes-200
No+150

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if stephen curry will hit FIR on Hole no. 2
OptionOdds
Yes-185
No+130

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if stephen curry will hit gIR on hole no. 6
OptionOdds
Yes-140
No+110

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if peyton manning will hit FIR on Hole no. 1
OptionOdds
Yes-200
No+150

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if peyton manning will hit FIR on Hole no. 2
OptionOdds
Yes-185
No+130

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if peyton Manning will hit GIR on hole no. 6
OptionOdds
Yes-115
No-115

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if charles barkley will hit FIR On hole no. 1
OptionOdds
No-200
Yes+150

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if charles barkley will hit FIR On hole no. 2
OptionOdds
No-180
Yes+140

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

Odds on if charles barkley will hit GIR On hole no. 6
OptionOdds
No-300
Yes+225

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on first team to go up 1
OptionOdds
Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning-200
Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley+150

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on which team will be leading after 3 holes
OptionOdds
Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning-200
Tie+175
Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley+215

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on which team will be leading after 6 holes
OptionOdds
Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning+110
Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley+160
Tie+300

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on which team will be leading after 9 holes
OptionOdds
Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning-120
Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley+175
Tie+400

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on closest to the pin on hole 6
OptionOdds
Phil Mickelson-140
Stephen Curry+300
Peyton Manning+325
Charles Barkley+1600

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on which team will win hole no. 1
OptionOdds
Tie+105
Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning+200
Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley+250

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on if all 4 players will hit fIR on Hole no. 1
OptionOdds
No-1200
Yes+500

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on if all 4 players will hit GIR on Hole no. 6
OptionOdds
No-8000
Yes+1350

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on if team curry/Manning will make an eagle
OptionOdds
No-2500
Yes+800

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

odds on if team Mickelson/Barkley will make an eagle
OptionOdds
No-10000
Yes+1600

Odds as of November 24 at BetOnline

The Match 2 Bode Well For Charity and Sports

The Match 2 took place on May 24, and it was one of the most-watched events during the pandemic. It featured Manning with Woods and Tom Brady with Mickelson, and raised $20 million for COVID-19 relief efforts, with all four players showcasing their athletic and comedic prowess.

The duo of Woods and Manning won three of the first six holes to take an early lead, but Mickelson and Brady made it interesting on the back nine, picking up wins on Hole 11 and Hole 14 to make it a one-hole game down the stretch. The highlight of the match came when Brady dropped an eagle in on a par 5 from the fairway after Barkley – who was an analyst for the match – was taking shots at his golf game.

In the end, Manning and Woods -185 would end up narrowly edging out Brady and Mickelson +150.

The Original Match Provided Great Content

Back in 2018, Mickelson and Woods came together for a $10-million winner-take-all televised tournament. Woods was the favorite at -190, with Mickelson coming back as the +165 underdog.

While it didn’t garner the same kind of attention as the most recent version of the Match, the two golfers played highly competitive golf that resulted in a tie after the 18th hole. Woods and Mickelson continued to play until a winner was declared, with Lefty eventually pulling away on the 22nd hole to win the big purse.


Understanding The Match 3 Odds

When you check out the best golf betting sites and see odds to win The Match 3, featuring Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning pairing up against Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley, the golf betting odds will look something like this:

Stephen Curry/Peyton Manning -180

Phil Mickelson/Charles Barkley +140

To bet on these odds, you would be making a moneyline bet. If you think the favorites Curry and Manning will win and you bet $100 on the duo, you’d get a payout of $155.56. You’d get your $100 back along with your winnings of $55.56

However, if you think Mickelson and Barkley will emerge victorious as the underdogs and you bet that same $100, you’d win $240. This is your $100 back along with $140 in profit.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.