Billed as a battle of young stars and old veterans, the hotly-anticipated showdown at Wynn Golf Club went to the final hole, with three-time MVP Rodgers sinking his last putt for birdie and the win.
The 12-hole contest saw crowds at “the Match” for the first time, with players equipped with mics to allow them to communicate with each other and TNT presenters, anchored by sportscaster Ernie “E.J” Johnson.
The psychological warfare waged in the build-up to the sixth edition of event ramped up even further on the course, with Green Bay QB Rodgers sneaking in one last dig before tee-off: “I thought they’d pick some competent golfers, and then I saw the matchup.”
The mind-games extended to the players’ choice of equipment, with Allen proudly showing off his custom golf ball emblazoned with Brady’s infamous photo from the 2000 NFL Scouting Combine.
However, Brady came prepared with a custom ball of his own, imprinting his with the image of a familiar friend — the Lombardi Trophy.
“Josh have you ever seen one of these?” Brady jibed, presenting the ball to Allen. “Do you know what that is?”
“These guys are pretty good at golf. That’s what happens when you don’t go to OTAs,” Allen said. “You just play golf all day.”
Showcasing some impressive driving and putting, Mahomes and Allen mounted a comeback that saw them level the contest at the fifth hole, before nudging into the lead for the first time at the eighth.
Victory for the older duo at the 10th teed up a grandstand finish, though according to Mahomes, this was always the plan.
Chatting to TNT anchor Johnson as he drove his buggy to the next tee, Mahomes said: “Ernie, I told you earlier we were going make it good TV.
“Me and Josh just let them get back into it real quick so we can go and finish it off here at the end.”
Unfortunately for him, neither are Rodgers and Brady. Having birdied the 11th hole, Rodgers repeated the feat at the last to clinch victory, celebrating with a fist pump as the ball was still rolling towards the cup.
“So good, what a putt. Good match, big guy, awesome job,” Brady said to his teammate.
Triumph saw Brady claim his first “the Match” win after two straight losses, while Rodgers added a second straight victory after defeating his teammate in last year’s event.
And despite a day full of trash talk, it was all respect at the close as the four competitors shook hands.