Barkley and pro golfer Phil Mickelson were easy winners over opponents Stephen Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and retired Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning in the third iteration of The Match on Friday in Arizona.
Entering the showdown, Barkley was considered a longshot to come out on top. His basketball talents notwithstanding, he is widely known as a poor golfer, something frequently joked about on the TNT show. But Mickelson and Barkley easily won the modified alternate shot match play exhibition 4&3 at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Oro Valley, Arizona.
All of the participants wore a microphone. After taking a 4-up lead through seven holes, Barkley sent a message, telling the audience to get re-runs of television crime drama Law & Order ready in “about five more holes.”
Mickelson-Barkley lost the next hole and then NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Famer Barkley shanked his tee shot at the ninth. But the duo were 3-up at the turn, and closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th hole, which they halved as Manning also drained his birdie putt.