Aaron Rodgers – No. 12 for the Green Bay Packers – made a birdie putt on the 12th hole to win Match VI at Wynn Las Vegas 1 up over Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in the battle of star NFL QBs. Couldn’t script it any better.
The old guys got out to a hot start thanks to Rodgers, who birdied his own ball on No. 1 to take a 1 up lead. The vets would win No. 2, as well, to get to 2 up.
But the young guns would fight back, winning Nos. 3 and 5 to tie the match. They would then win No. 8 to take a 1 up lead.
Brady buried a clutch putt at No. 10 to tie the match.
Then the fun started.
A par-3 finisher was a great way to close it, and after seeing Brady miss just left on his birdie putt, Rodgers walked in his bid for the win.
What a match. Maybe the best one of the Match series.
Aaron Rodgers teed off first and pumped one right down the fairway. Tom Brady up next, and he found the mulch down the left. Josh Allen teed off first for the young guys and also found the mulch. Patrick Mahomes had to have it, and he did! Both teams are in the short grass.
Allen’s approach missed the green to the left, while his teammate carved one from left to right and stuck it to 10 feet.
Brady up first for the old guys, and he finds the putting surface. Rodgers saw Mahomes and said ‘what you can do, I can do better,’ and stuffed one tight.
For the record, after they pick the best tee shot, they play their own ball into the hole.
Allen’s putt missed just left, but put it into tap in range (Brady didn’t give it to him). Brady pushed hit putt way right, and still has some meat on the bone. Mahomes jammed his short-range putt past the hole, but was given the par. Brady cashed in his par putt to give Rodgers a free go.
Rodgers to win the hole…BANG!
SCORE: Old guys 1 UP
Brady’s tee shot off the second also found the mulch. Not a great swing. Rodgers to pick up his teammate, perfection. Clutch from the other #12 in this pairing. Allen’s tee box, and he flares it way right into the people. Mahomes follows his teammate, and goes even more right. Young guns in trouble on No. 2.
From the rough, Allen hits his second long. Mahomes again followed his teammate and soared the green.
Brady from the middle of the fairway, and it’s stuffed! Eagle bid coming up on the par 5. Now, Rodgers’ turn. His approach leaks too much right and may have found the penalty area.
Allen’s third (or fourth) found the penalty area. Tough hole for the Bills QB. Mahomes played his third from the mulch to perfection, put it to just outside 10 feet.
Rodgers chipped his fourth to just about 10 feet. That’ll be for par. Brady for eagle…nope. Slides just low, that’ll be a birdie.
Mahomes to tie the hole…nope.
SCORE: Old guys 2 UP
On the drivable 3rd, Rodgers hit a nice cut that found the fairway just short of the green. Brady’s tee-ball went way left, again. Allen smacked his drive and finished close to Rodgers’ ball. Mahomes’ drive was hammered and nearly found the green.
Brady, with a hybrid from just off the green (!!), hit it a little too hard, running by to 20 feet. Rodgers from the same spot uses a wedge and leaves it short.
Mahomes first from just off the fringe hits a beauty to gimme range, that’s a birdie. Allen is now freed up to go after it, and he learned nothing from his partner, but they’re in for 3.
Rodgers from the fringe hit a great putt, but it’s a par. Now Brady with a chance to tie, and it wasn’t a great effort.
SCORE: Old guys 1 UP
First par 3 of the day. Closest to the pin time.
Allen up first, and he hates it – right in the water. Now, Mahomes. He likes it, but it finishes over the green. Brady first for the old guys, and he finds the middle of the green (he called it chunky). Rodgers now, and he lost his way right.
Brady from deep, and his 40-foot bid is pretty damn good. Just a few feet left. Rodgers from the same spot, and he puts it closer than Tom. They’re in for par.
Allen hit a decent chip to six feet from behind the green. Mahomes hit a good one, too, finishing four feet below the hole. Allen walks in his par putt. No blood.
SCORE: Old guys 1 UP
Allen’s first off the fifth, and he hit a beauty down the left. Mahomes went off the map. Seven-time Super Bowl champ up now, and he snap-hooks one left. Rodgers on the tee, and he just misses the fairway to the left.
Brady’s second into the par 5 was, a huh, shank. Not great. Rodgers, now having to pick up his teammate, flushed it, but lost it to the right. Allen’s second also went right – fans are officially in danger. Mahomes hit a fantastic second, and now has a bid for eagle.
Brady’s recovery was a good one and he’ll have a birdie putt. Allen from the mulch, and he finds the fringe. Rodgers from the mulch also finds the fringe.
Rodgers’ putt for birdie rushes by. Brady’s birdie bid misses on the low side and also runs out a bit. Allen’s fourth finishes short. Mahomes, now for eagle…just short. Birdie. Winner winner.
SCORE: AS thru 5
Allen’s tee-ball leaked right, and he hit a fan. Not great. Mahomes’ turn, he’s also calling fore right. He ends up in the rough. Allen wants a mulligan, and he’ll take one. And that one is left. Big-time left. Brady is up, and he hits a beauty. 25 feet for birdie. Rodgers now, and he is a little deep, but on the green.
Allen up first, and his chip runs down to five feet. Mahomes’ chip runs by the hole to about 10 feet.
Brady for birdie…nope. Rodgers from the same spot…nope. Par for the old guys. Mahomes for par…BANG. No blood.
SCORE: AS thru 6
Allen up first on the par 5, and he slices the crap out of it. Way right. Mahomes now. He hits a bullet down the right side of the fairway. That’s a pipe dream. Brady, who’s been struggling with driver, misses another one, this time way right. Rodgers: Fore right.
Brady’s layup found the rough, but it’s fine. Rodgers from the same spot hit it in a bunker, tough spot. Mahomes from the fairway and he misses just right of the green. Allen yanks it. It’s ugly.
Rodgers hit it heavy from the sand and is still short of the green. Brady’s third finds the green, leaving 20 feet for birdie. Allen, from the fifth tee box, hits a beauty to 12 feet! Great shot. Rodgers next, and his fourth goes running by to 20 feet. Mahomes now, wedge in hand, tries to use the slope but runs it by.
Brady’s birdie putt comes up just short. Par. Allen for birdie…nope. Mahomes for birdie…nope. No blood.
SCORE: AS thru 7
Allen’s tee on the par 3, and he hits a great shot that finds the fringe. Good look for birdie. Mahomes then STICKS one. Eight feet for birdie. Brady, with a backward hat, pulls it a touch but finds the putting surface, 20 feet away. Rodgers now, and that’s wet.
Brady’s bid for birdie is pulled left. Rodgers from the same spot…nope. Didn’t break. The door is now WIDE open.
Mahomes buries the birdie putt. Bang.
SCORE: Young guys 1 UP
Allen’s tee shot is left. Way left. Might be in another fairway. Mahomes’ tee-ball is way right. Way, way, way right. Brady carved a beauty off the tee into the fairway. Perfect. Rodgers let one go, but it’s gone.
Allen’s second shot found the left side of the green. Mahomes hit a beauty. An absolute beauty to inside 8 feet. Brady now. His second comes up well short. Rodgers from the same spot, and he hits a gem. 10-footer for birdie.
Brady with a hybrid off the green, and he rushes it by. Allen from long range, and it goes scampering past the hole. Brady for par to free up Rodgers…nope. Allen misses his par putt, too.
Rodgers for birdie…BANG. Clutch. Mahomes to tie…boom (with authority). No blood.
SCORE: Young guys 1 UP
Driveable par 4.
Allen first. And he hits it in the back bunker. Mahomes with a 3-wood – slice. Not good. Now, Brady. His drive finds the front bunker. And, finally, Rodgers. Boom! He finds the front of the green.
From the bunker, Allen hits it past the pin to 15 feet. Mahomes hit a similar shot, finishing just outside Allen’s.
Brady’s eagle putt was pushed and finished five feet right of the pin. Rodgers from the same spot, and his bid comes up short. Now, Mahomes for birdie…nope. Par. Allen for a 3…nope. Par.
Brady for the win…BANG. The man is clutch.
SCORE: AS thru 10
Brady’s tee shot is perfect. Middle of the fairway. Rodgers hit a big ole cut, but it’s perfect, just short of the green. Allen’s tee-ball is right, the camera doesn’t even know where it is. Mahomes’ tee shot found the rough down the left.
Allen from Mahomes’ drive flies the green, hits a fan, and comes back to about 20 feet from the flag. Mahomes hits a nice one, but contours on the green bring it back to outside 20 feet. Brady’s second from in front of the green came in low and spinning and finished 10 feet left of the flag. Rodgers’ turn. His flew a bit deeper into the green, but he will have a birdie putt.
Mahomes’ long birdie bid skims the edge and will have a tester for par. Rodgers for birdie…just short. It’s a par. Mahomes’ par putt to free up Allen is no good. Allen’s birdie putt comes up shy. Now Brady, to win the hole…nope. Tied going to the last.
SCORE: AS thru 11
Par 3 finisher. Love it.
Brady’s first. Aggressive. Lands pin high but finds the rough behind the pin. His partner is next, and Rodgers hits a BEAUTY! 10 feet left of the flag. Now Brady takes his mulligan. And that one finds the water. Allen’s tee-ball is deep. Tricky up and down. Mahomes to save the squad…water. Mulligan time. It finds the green, but a LONG way away.
The young guns will use Mahomes’ ball and have a long putt for birdie. Allen’s bid came within an inch from going in! Chuck almost had to go in the pond! Unreal. Now, Mahomes…nope, too much speed.
Now, the old guys have two looks at a 15-foot putt to win the match.
Brady, for the win…nope. Just missed on the right. Rodgers…BANG. No. 12 on No. 12 for the win, with another No. 12 as his partner! Storybook!
SCORE: OLD GUYS WIN 1 UP