What do you get when you pair Tiger Woods with Peyton Manning?
You get two of the most powerful men in sports if measured by talent, money, influence, accomplishments or any other metric. Even on the golf course.
It was announced on Wednesday that Woods would be pairing up with Manning for “super team” of sorts at The Memorial’s pro-am day on Wednesday, May 30, which will be held at Jack Nicklaus’s Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The popular 72-hole PGA Tour event runs from May 31 to June 3.
It will not be the first time that Woods and Manning have teamed together for a pro-am event. They played in the pro-am the Quail Hollow Championship together in 2009 and also teamed together for the pro-am event at Bay Hill in 2005.
It’s safe to say that Woods, who has won The Memorial Tournament five times over his illustrious career, is not the same golfer he was when Manning last paired with him in 2009. Back injuries have rendered him a shell of his former golfing self, though Woods has exhibited good health and accompanying improved play during the 2018 golf season.
Manning also is not the same guy he was in 2009, though this may actually play to the team’s favor this time around. After hanging up his cleats following a Super Bowl 50 victory with the Denver Broncos in 2016, it seems safe to assume that Manning has had more opportunities to work on his golf game in retirement than he did as a NFL quarterback.
Going back to Woods in the pro-am circuit is a bit of a change of pace for Manning, who recently has been known for playing with new-age golf star Jordan Speith at such events.
Woods finished tied for 11th at The Players Championship last week.