The Match VII: Woods-McIlroy vs. Thomas-Spieth Odds, Prediction

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Tiger Woods, right, laughs with Justin Thomas during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Dec 09, 2022, 8:36 AM
  • Thomas-Spieth are slight favorites over Woods-McIlroy.
  • The Match VII is on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. ET under the lights on TBS/TNT.
  • This will be Tiger Woods’ third time playing in the event.

Saturday Night Lights? 

The seventh edition of The Match takes place on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., under the lights. 

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in a 12-hole exhibition to benefit Hurricane Ian relief efforts. And yes, there will be golf betting.

This will be Woods’ third time playing in the event, while McIlroy, Thomas and Spieth will all be making their playing debuts.

The Match VII: Woods-McIlroy vs. Thomas-Spieth Odds

As of Dec. 9, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are favored against Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Thomas-Spieth are -125, while Woods-McIlroy are +100.

There are several other betting options, including:

  • Who will win the first hole? Thomas/Spieth (-125), Woods/McIlroy (+100)
  • Who will lead after six holes? Thomas/Spieth (+138), Woods/McIlroy (+150), Tie (+333)
  • Who will lead after nine holes? Thomas/Spieth (+120), Woods/McIlroy (+138), Tie (+450)

The Match VII: Woods-McIlroy vs. Thomas-Spieth Format

It will be a 12-hole match where the players will play a best-ball format. This means each player will play their own ball, with the best score of the two counting for each hole.

The Match VII: Woods-McIlroy vs. Thomas-Spieth Course

The Match VII will be played at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., which hosts the LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship.

It will be broadcast on TBS/TNT. Brian Anderson will host, Charles Barkley and Trevor Immelman will be the analysts, and Kathryn Tappen will be the on-course reporter.

The Match VII: Woods-McIlroy vs. Thomas-Spieth Prediction

This should be a fun and entertaining match, with four of the best golfers in the world facing off.

In the end, I like Woods-McIlroy in a slight upset. 

Woods had to withdraw from his own event last week (Hero World Challenge), citing plantar fasciitis in his foot. He said his issue was walking, but all players will ride golf carts in this exhibition.

Last week, Woods told the Golf Channel he was shooting 64s and 65s in his prep for the Hero World Challenge, but walking 18 holes over four days was going to be too difficult. 

If Woods is playing that well and has the world No. 1 golfer as his partner, good luck to Thomas and Spieth, no matter how well they play.

The Match History

DateWinnerOpponent
Nov. 23, 2018Phil MickelsonTiger Woods
May 24, 2020Tiger Woods/Peyton ManningPhil Mickelson/Tom Brady
Nov. 7, 2020Phil Mickelson/Charles BarkleyStephen Curry/Peyton Manning
July 6, 2021Bryson DeChambeau/Aaron RodgersPhil Mickelson/Tom Brady
Nov. 6, 2021Brooks KoepkaBryson DeChambeau
June 1, 2022Tom Brady/Aaron RodgersJosh Allen/Patrick Mahomes

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”