Charles Barkley, Stephen Curry to join Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning in ‘The Match’ golf contest

Barkley will be back for the third version of “The Match,” but this time he brings along not only his mouth, but his actual golf swing – that jerky full-body cramp that seems to defy physics that makes him the bottom of the celebrity rankings every year Tournaments.

As reported for the first time by Sportico, Barkley will take part in “The Match 3” on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, with Mickelson, Manning and new entrant Stephen Curry.

Unlike Barkley, Curry is a professional basketball player who is actually pretty good at golf. He’s attended two events on the Korn Ferry Tour, one step away from the PGA Tour, and while he hasn’t made the cut, he still has a scratch handicap.

Curry expressed an interest in “The Match” while watching the previous show in May.

Barkley defeated only one golfer – the former NFL who ran back Eddie George – in this year’s American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, the most famous annual celebrity golf tournament. The strangest thing about his game, aside from its hesitant momentum, is that there are people who say the Basketball Hall of Famer was actually at least competitive on the court.

This begs the question: Did Barkley just play with his swing for decades just to bet on him through the eyes of the American sports audience?

“At one point he was a hell of a good golfer,” said former Atlanta Braves pitcher and noted good golfer John Smoltz in 2011. “I heard someone gave him a tip to go see the club when you were swinging back, and he went to his hotel room and he continued. I don’t know if that’s true, how he got caught on a radio, but unfortunately that happened. “

Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rick Rhoden, who was also well connected himself, said: “I played with Charles Barkley for a year when he was able to shoot in the ’70s. He didn’t always swing like that. He had a normal swing. All of a sudden he showed up for a year with the Yips he has, and he’s been like that ever since. “

At the event in November, the proceeds will be used again for charity. The latest version of “The Match” raised $ 20 million for pandemic relief efforts, according to Sportico. Brady also split his pants while retreating from the fairway for birdie.