The Match: Bryson DeChambeau takes shots from Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and even teammate Aaron Rodgers

The Match is scheduled for July 6 at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.

The Match: Bryson DeChambeau takes shots from Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and even teammate Aaron Rodgers

The trash talk is heating up.

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau make their debut in The Match – the fourth edition of the made-for-TV golf event – against past Match champions Phil Mickelson, the recent PGA Championship winner, and seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady on July 6 at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana.

The four got together on a video chat with Turner Sports broadcaster Brian Anderson to talk about the upcoming match, as well as trade some friendly trash talk (a lot at the expense of DeChambeau).

“At least in football we can trash talk without calling in the commissioner,” said Brady in reference to the recent “Brooksie” jeers being yelled DeChambeau’s way in light of his feud with fellow PGA Tour pro Brooks Koepka.

“I want you to know we’re not having fans,” added Mickelson with a smirk. “It’s not because of Bryson, we just didn’t want to have an issue.”

“I just want to stir Bryson up and get him going,” Rodgers said of his Match plans, referring to his teammate as a Tasmanian Devil. “I don’t care if it’s Phil or Tom or if Phil brings Brooks to caddie, whatever they try and do to get under our skin, if I can just get Bryson going and get him pumped up I feel like its an easy win for us.”

You can watch the full video here, with some of our favorite moments listed below.

Not their first match

Brady told a brief story about a previous nine-hole match against Rodgers at Riviera Country Club, where Rodgers came out on top thanks to a clutch putt on the final hole.

Halftime vs. the turn

“Golf’s amazing, it’s a great hobby for us football players. At halftime we get checked for concussions. At the ninth hole we get to eat hamburgers in golf,” said Brady.

On hitting bombs at elevation

Sitting at an elevation of roughly 7,500 feet, Moonlight Basin should produce some moonshots off the tee, especially from the likes of DeChambeau.

“I’m in a world of my own in that regard,” said DeChambeau, and the group agreed with a laugh.

“That’s not shade, that’s just facts,” added Anderson.

‘What the hell is he saying?’

Anderson talked about how Brady and Rodgers may have an advantage when it comes to playing mic’d up and with an earpiece given their time in the NFL playing with headsets in their helmets. But what about DeChambeau?

“Having an earpiece in I think is going to be awesome because people will finally get to hear and see what I’m saying essentially. They’re gonna hear everything and get to go, ‘What the hell is he saying?’ So that’ll be fun.”

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U.S. Open: Gary Woodland is back in the gym and coming off a swing tune-up, but you won't see him playing instigator this week

Gary Woodland, who's healthy again, says he would have relished a grouping alongside Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

U.S. Open: Gary Woodland is back in the gym and coming off a swing tune-up, but you won't see him playing instigator this week

SAN DIEGO – A year ago, as the defending U.S. Open champion, Gary Woodland didn’t like his chances.

“I wasn’t physically able to play. I just wanted to defend,” he said.

He missed the cut and his injured hip required four cortisone shots to get through the end of last year.

As for now?

“I started working out again two weeks ago, which is amazing, so body is feeling better and definitely with that comes a lot more confidence,” he said.

Woodland also got an added boost of confidence from his longtime instructor, Butch Harmon. They have worked together on and off since 2011, but Harmon retired from tending to his stable of pros at Tour events and so Woodland has seen less of him. He stopped on the way to Torrey Pines for a tune-up of sorts. Usually, Harmon can pinpoint one area of weakness that he needs to work on, but this time Woodland required more assistance.

“Last week there were four things that were off. That’s a lot for me, and it was all stuff that I wasn’t able to do last year and stuff that I started doing because I was hurt,” he explained. “That part is a little frustrating, so usually I’m one day with Butch. I spent three with him. Thursday, he told me I was horrible, and Saturday he told me I was pretty good and I had a chance to win this week. That’s what I like about Butch. He keeps it honest.”

Woodland, 37, has made three cuts in his last four events, including finishing fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship last month. He also is returning to a Torrey Pines course that he’s played regularly and has always fit his eye and power game. Woodland is paired for the first two rounds with fellow past U.S. Open champions Martin Kaymer and Webb Simpson despite the rumors he would be grouped with defending champion Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

“I would have loved to have played. I think the energy in that group would have been amazing,” Woodland said. “I would have instigated and tried to start fights or whatever I could have done.”

Woodland’s injury not only dented his confidence, but his chances of playing in the Ryder Cup, which was postponed a year, this fall. He’s plummeted to No. 21 in the U.S. Ryder Cup team point standings behind Will Zalatoris. (Only the top six automatically qualify for the team.)

“I think I would have made the team if we would have had it before COVID, and then I battled injuries and battled a lot and I dropped way down,” he said. “I’m happy with where my game is. I’m happy where the confidence level is. I don’t think I’m too far off where I can play my way back in. I think I can do that, and that starts this week.”

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