The best part of the recent “The Match” competitions have been the interactions, rather than the golf. June 6’s edition has been no different with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau squaring up.
The foursome took to Big Sky, Montana for a two-on-two matchplay event looking to entertain and benefit charities. With two PGA Tour pros and two of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks, it was always going to be must-watch material for sports fans.
But, if that wasn’t enough, the broadcast had guests call in. Besides 44th President Barack Obama chatting, a teammate of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, also called in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end talked to his teammate, Mickelson and DeChambeau, and, of course, Aaron Rodgers.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback and Jeopardy! guest host’s future remains up in the air. With that in mind, Gronk couldn’t help but roast the reigning NFL MVP.
But before he got to Rodgers, he hilariously asked Tom Brady if he’s ready for the season. Brady, now 43-years-old, missed the voluntary OTAs in Tampa, as expected. That is how the video below opens up.
“I’m studying my competition,” Brady starts. “I’m 30 yards away from Aaron, who’s the leader of the Packers…I think. I’m just watching his mannerisms, I’m studying.”
This sets up an alley-oop for Gronk, who does not miss with a hilarious tack-on.
“You’re studying the wrong guy,” Gronk replies. “Aaron looks more lazy now than I did in retirement.”
While Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski’s comments don’t necessarily give anything away about Rodgers’ next decision, they do make for a great laugh.
The Reserve at Moonlight Basin Welcomes Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
If you’ve been watching “The Match,” you’ve no doubt been left slack-jawed by the course’s amazing views. That’s due, in part, to its geography but also its design.
Big Sky rests on the Gallatin Range, near Bozeman, MT. The Moonlight Basin is an area of the range that features some of the best skiing in the country. When it’s not covered in snow, which is essentially 3-4 months of the year, it opens up for other activities, like golf.
The Reserve was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and is over 8,000 yards from the tips. For context, most PGA Tour courses clock in at 7,200 yards. The beautiful course wraps around the undulation of the area, and even features a 777-yard Par 5 that drops nearly 300 feet from the tee box to the green.
As Bozeman Daily Chronicle sports editor Colton Pool points out in his feature on the course, the elevation changes are so insane he was somewhat concerned for his safety.
“I’ve ridden in countless golf carts in my life,” Pool wrote. “I’m comfortable in one. But bombing down the steep downhill on the first fairway, I was convinced I was about to fall out.”