Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson: Who is the best trash talker?

Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Golf

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning won't be taking on the team of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady on the golf course for a couple more weeks.

But the trash talking has already started.

The two golfing greats and the two NFL legends joined sportscaster Ernie Johnson on Thursday for a teleconference to promote "The Match: Champions for Charity," a round that will be telecast May 24 on TNT, TBS, TruTV and HLN from Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

The zingers started flying almost immediately, with some landing on target and a few falling flat.

The four men are among the all-time best to play their respective sports. But how are they at delivering verbal jabs?

Here's how they ranked in that department during Thursday's chat.


4. Phil Mickelson

Both golfers relied heavily on props. Mickelson appeared in front of a framed photo of himself being presented the green jacket by Woods following the 2006 Masters. He was also armed with the championship belt he was awarded after defeating Woods two years ago during The Match: Tiger vs. Phil in Las Vegas.

"Tiger's pretty familiar with this, obviously, when you were putting the jacket on me it fit perfect, thank you. And then this is the trophy for the match -- I don't know, actually Tiger, if you know what this looks like," Mickelson said. "You might have caught a glimpse, but that's actually what the trophy looks like had you won."

And that's pretty much all Lefty had. It was funny enough, but Woods got him with his comeback.


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