Tom Brady couldn’t pull off a win at The Match celebrity charity golf tournament on Tuesday, but he could at least show off his Super Bowl wins.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback competed with PGA star Phil Mickelson and lost to PGA star Bryson DeChambeau and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 3 and 2. Rodgers sank a birdie putt to win the tournament.
Brady at least had a championship look with his golf balls that featured the roman numerals from all seven of his Super Bowl wins. ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren tweeted a close-up shot of the golf balls.
It wasn’t the first time Brady’s signature golf balls have been seen. Nick Billardello spotted on on June 25 and shared pictures on social media. The pictures included one of Brady’s number 12 on the ball.
“Hey Tom Brady, we are a couple holes behind you. Would you like this back,” Billardello tweeted.
Brady won his seventh Super Bowl last season, leading the Bucs to a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He also won his fifth Super Bowl MVP along the way.
Before joining the Bucs in 2020 as a free agent, Brady won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in nine appearances — XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, and LIII. He spent 20 seasons with the Patriots where he emerged from being a sixth-round draft pick to become the greatest quarterback of all time.
Brady, 43, is under contract for two more seasons with the Buccaneers after signing an extension in the offseason. He will have plenty of help in a bid to repeat — something no NFL team has done since Brady’s Patriots in 2004 — as the Bucs return all 22 starters.
The Bucs open training camp on July 25 before kicking off the NFL season on Sept. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys.
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Brady’s Persistent Ribbing of Rodgers
Brady maximized mileage out of the Bucs’ NFC Championship game win over the Packers as he wouldn’t let Rodgers hear the end of it before The Match.
Rodgers and the Packers had a chance to tie the NFC Championship game late in the fourth quarter with a fourth-and-goal play. Instead, the Packers played it safe and kicked a field goal but never got the ball back again.
Brady brought it up on Twitter shortly after The Match lineup was announced to include himself and Rodgers.
“Two old guys against the young bucks @PhilMickelson. @b_dechambeau better get used to laying up because we know @AaronRodgers12 isn’t going for it,” Brady wrote.
The seven-time champion kept going with more social media posts, and then he took the joke to The Match press conference on June 15.
“How many times do you think I can make this joke before July 6th,” Brady tweeted with a link to the press conference clip.
Brady Really Did Practice Putting
Brady missed on a key putt at The Match, which Mickelson equated to Rodgers’ fourth-down scenario against the Bucs per VanHaaren.
Before The Match, Brady posted multiple videos of his putting efforts. That included a video where he sunk a putt for each participant. “Don’t worry boys, (a) far more prestigious tournament coming up on July 6th,” Brady tweeted.
Brady also touted that he learned well from Mickelson. “Who do you think taught me to sink those putts,” Brady wrote, retweeting a 63-foot putt by Mickelson on June 24.
Brady couldn’t deliver on the golf course in The Match, but the NFL legend at least brought a little reminder for everyone how he does deliver.