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The fifth edition of "The Match" was the first one that golf legend Phil Mickelson didn't compete in, but he still managed to participate from another place: the broadcast booth. He did not disappoint in his new role.
Friday's event, which featured rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka going head-to-head, was Mickelson's official debut as a commentator — he has joined the booth in the past as a guest. Twitter loved his contributions to the Turner production.
One of a kind.— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com)
One unique element of "The Match" is that the competitors have an airpod in one ear so they can constantly communicate with the broadcast team. Viewers are then able to hear the announcers talk golf with the competitors on the course. Mickelson's discussions with DeChambeau and Koepka were on point from the beginning.
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After DeChambeau hit his first "bomb" of the round, Mickelson asked him if he thinks hitting bombs makes him more attractive.
Bombs are hot.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) and agree.
Mickelson made headlines before the golfers even hit the course. He joinedto discuss the competition. Mickelson said that he thought Koepka would take an early lead but DeChambeau would win. He was right about the first part, at least. Koepka made sure to remind Mickelson that his prediction was wrong as he continued to dominate.
.— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) predicted this. ????
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This wasn't the only thing Mickelson predicted Friday. He regularly called Koepka's approaches, and most of the time he was right.
1UP lead for Brooks early in The Match.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR)
At times, Mickelson's techincal golf talk went over the head of fellow commentator Charles Barkley. Barkley made sure to ask for clarifications for himself or casual golf fans.
Charles Barkley trying to understand brain waves and competence— SportsBallFan (@SportsBallFan23)
Fans on Twitter responded mostly positively to Mickelson. Many asked him to become a broadcaster whenever he retires from golf. Luckily for them, it appears Mickelson is interested in continuing his television career in the near future.
"We're always in discussions about Phil's future It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next 12 to 24 months you might see more of Phil on the air," Mickelson's agent, Steve Loy,ahead of "The Match."
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A sampling of responses to Mickelson's commentary:
I knowis not retiring from golf anytime in the near future, but his on-air commentary is phenomenal. I need more!
Somebody pay Phil some— Ham (@hamlingj) money and let the man run free!
— Kyle Eichenauer (@falconsfbref) is going to be the replacement for Faldo when he retires. should sign him now.
I think the answer might just be Phil with two microphones.— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS)
Who’s winning— Jon Castagnino (@JonCastagnino) thus far? ’s commentary and it’s not close
Charles Barkley & Phil Mickelson needs to do commentary for every PGA tournament from now on.— Kazie ???????? (@ShadowKazie)
Charles Barkley on The Match: “You can’t play golf and not drink. It’s the only sport they let you drink while you’re playing.” .
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