Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Sets Expansive Coverage for Capital One’s The Match, Featuring Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy vs. Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth — Saturday, Dec. 10
Four of Golf’s Biggest Names in 12-Hole, Best Ball Competition Under the Lights, with Special Challenge Holes Benefiting Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts
TNT to Televise In-Depth Conversation with All Four Match Participants, Presented by Deloitte, Saturday at 6 p.m. ET
Bleacher Report to Tee Off the Evening with Hot Seat Press Conference Hosted by Hosted by Smylie Kaufman at 5:30 p.m. Live in the B/R App
WBD Sports will exclusively present the seventh edition of the Sports Emmy-nominated premier live golf event in Capital One’s The Match, featuring four of the most accomplished golfers in the world — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth — under the lights in a 12-hole competition this Saturday, Dec. 10, from Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.
Coverage will center on TNT, with simulcasts available on TBS, truTV and HLN, along with expansive content available across Bleacher Report’s platforms leading up to and during the competition. Fans outside the U.S. will be able to watch through discovery+, the Eurosport App and Eurosport 2 in Europe; Golf Channel Latin America in LATAM; Eurosport in Asia; as well as on JTBC’s linear and digital platforms in South Korea and Sportsnet ONE and SN NOW in Canada.
The evening’s programming will start at 6 p.m. ET with The Conversation Presented by Deloitte, a 30-minute roundtable discussion with Woods, McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth led by Capital One’s The Match host Brian Anderson. No topic will be off limits for the golf foursome, as they prepare to compete under the lights. The Capital One’s The Match Pre-Match Show presented by ZipRecruiter will follow at 6:30 p.m., leading into the live competition.
The four golfers – who will be paired Woods/McIlroy vs. Thomas/Spieth for the event – have combined for 24 major golf championships in their careers and have each previously held No. 1 in golf’s world rankings.
While McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth will be making their debut in the series, this will be Woods’ third time competing in Capital One’s The Match, splitting his two previous appearances, including a one-stroke victory alongside his partner Peyton Manning over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in May 2020. This will also be Woods’ first competitive action since July’s Open Championship at St. Andrews.
The golfers will compete in a best ball format. Each player on the team will play his own ball throughout the round. After each hole, the player with the lowest score in the hole on each team will serve as that team’s score, with the other player’s score thrown out for that hole.
Live coverage will feature unprecedented access with players having open mics throughout the entire competition, including the capability to communicate directly with their competitors and the broadcast commentators.
Capital One’s The Match to Benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts
WBD Sports has televised six editions of Capital One’s The Match, raising nearly $33 million for various charitable organizations and has donated more than 27 million meals through Feeding America.
The upcoming installment of the event will serve as a platform to benefit Hurricane Ian relief efforts after the devastating effects of the storm on the Gulf Coast and its surrounding communities.
The golfers will be generating donations through a series of challenges including:
- Hole 3 – DraftKings Sportsbook Closest to the Hole, for up to $1.1 million
- Hole 9 – UnitedHealthcare Closest to the Hole Challenge, for up to $1.1 million
- If a hole-in-one is made, $1 million will be donated on that team’s behalf
- If a shot is hit within five feet of the hole, $500,000 will be donated on that team’s behalf
- If no shot is hit within five feet of the hole, $250,000 will be donated on behalf of the golfer that is closest to the hole
- An additional $100,000 will be donated if all four golfers hit the green
- Hole 4 – Capital One Club Challenge, for up to $750,000
- A $500,000 donation will be made on behalf of the team that wins the hole
- An additional $250,000 will be donated if a birdie is made by a team or player; if both teams birdie, $250,000 will be donated on behalf of both teams
- Hole 5 - USAA Insurance Hole in One Challenge, for up to $2.5 million
- Hole 8 – Tito’s Handmade Vodka Hole in One Challenge, for up to $2.5 million
- If a hole-in-one is made, $2.5 million will be donated on that team’s behalf
- If no hole-in-one is made, $250,000 will be donated on behalf of the team that wins the hole
Event Commentator Team
Veteran WBD Sports announcer Brian Anderson will host the live telecast, alongside Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman and versatile sports reporter Kathryn Tappen.
Hot Seat Press Conference on the B/R App
Earlier in the evening, Woods, McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth will be asked the questions every fan wants answered during Bleacher Report’s exclusive interactive live stream event – Hot Seat Press Conference Presented by Capital One – Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. on the B/R app.
Hosted by Smylie Kaufman, the Hot Seat Press Conference Presented by Capital One will feature questions fielded from fans across B/R social channels and the B/R app. B/R will prompt fans across its social channels to submit questions for the chance to have them read live during the press conference. Real-time questions submitted in the B/R app will also be raised during the live stream to take advantage of unexpected moments and answers.
Venue & Event Partners
Pelican Golf Club embodies the design characteristics of the golden age era with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Beau Welling and his team completed a major restoration in 2019 with inspiration from the original 1925 Donald Ross design. Pelican Golf Club is one of the most striking courses in the region, featuring manicured fairways and uninterrupted rough with greens and tees maintained at the highest levels.
A partner since the event’s inception, Capital One will return as title sponsor of Capital One’s The Match. UnitedHealthcare will be a presenting sponsor of the event and DraftKings Sportsbook will also be the event’s official sports betting operator. AT&T, CDW, Club Car, Dewars, Greyson Clothiers, Lineage Logistics, The Mosaic Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, USAA Insurance, Vrbo, Wheels Up, ZenWTR Alkaline Water and ZipRecruiter will serve as associate sponsors, with Deloitte also the presenting sponsor of The Conversation and ZipRecruiter the presenting sponsor of the Capital One’s The Match Pre-Match Show.
Partners also include Excel Sports Management as the tournament organizer.
Capital One’s The Match Media Assets
The latest press materials for the event can be found below. For members of the media that need additional assistance or have any questions, please reach out to the WBD Sports communications team.
- Event Photos (to be available during and post-event)
- Key art & event logos