TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took to Instagram on Wednesday to reflect on the lessons he learned from participating in “The Match” charity golf tournament with Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods over the weekend.
“Amazing what happens when groups of people come together for the common good,” Brady wrote of the event, which raised more than $20 million for coronavirus relief and drew a record 5.8 million viewers.
Among the most notable lessons Brady learned was choosing more appropriate attire.
“I shouldn’t wear the same pants to golf that I wear to church,” Brady said.
After a rocky first six holes, Brady made the shot of his life. He birdied the par-5 seventh hole from more than 100 yards — and split his pants down the seam while bending over in front of the camera. Brady was able to get another pair of pants to finish the tournament.
Brady joked on Twitter after the event, “Pants wanted in on social distancing I guess.”
Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet complimented Brady’s improvement as the day went on, particularly that birdie shot.
“You can maybe not be so successful on a bunch of other shots there, but if you hit one — that’s honestly how it feels for offensive linemen,” Marpet said. “Like a D-lineman has a terrible game but he gets one sack, he’s a great player, you know what I’m saying? So that’s what Brady did when he was playing golf there.”
Brady and Mickelson wound up losing by one hole.
“Peyton is as clutch as ever,” Brady wrote, adding, “As great as @philmickelson is as a golfer, he is a better man, coach and teammate and potentially had the best calves on the PGA tour” and “@tigerwoods was a great host and champion, and I was especially thankful he missed the putt on the 7th hole…had he made it, I would have just went home.”
Brady also said, “I really enjoy golf…At halftime of football games, we get checked for concussions. In golf, we get refreshments.”
Most importantly, and to no one’s surprise if they watched the event, Brady said, “I’m sticking to my day job.”