Justin Verlander and Charles Barkley traded amusing jabs during the Tiger Woods - Phil Mickelson showdown
Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas was THE place to be Friday -- it was the location of the can't-miss golf event of the year, a showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson that was the talk of the baseball community all afternoon.
As the two golf icons faced off, another competitive battle was brewing on social media ... involving
Verlander was hyped for the match before it began:
Here we go... Who ya got?? #TheMatch #TigerVSPhil— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 23, 2018
At one point, Sir Charles talked some trash about the Phil vs. Tiger match, to which Verlander clapped back a bit:
Barkley saying it’s not good golf. 😂😂 I wanna see Tiger and Phil throw down a challenge bet at him. 100k for double bogey or better on #1. C’mon Charles, I know you got your sticks with you. #TheMatch— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 23, 2018
Woods and Mickelson had some fun with Barkley's comments:
Charles Barkley thinks he can beat both Tiger AND Phil right now 😂— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) November 23, 2018
Things are getting interesting at #CapitalOnesTheMatch pic.twitter.com/S89jQ2PU0r
This all led to Barkley reading Verlander's tweet on the broadcast, saying he'd accept the challenge if Verlander put up the funds for charity.
The back-and-forth progressed ...
I’m in!!! Let’s gooooooo. 😂 #TheMatch #easymoney— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 23, 2018
You’de think with all that free time you got in retirement Chuck you could fix that swing. #100k. Double or better #TheMatch— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 23, 2018
Verlander Vs. Barkley!!!!!!!!!! Can I caddy pic.twitter.com/CrrY3ScSFc— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) November 23, 2018
The Rockets' Chris Paul got involved, too!
@JustinVerlander I want in on that action too...I got 100k for Charity #TheMatch— Chris Paul (@CP3) November 23, 2018
While all that was going on, other baseball players were thoroughly enjoying the match itself:
Who’s watching #TheMatch ??? Love that these guys are still rolling!— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 23, 2018
Doesn’t get any better than this! #thematch— Blake Snell (@snellzilla4) November 23, 2018
This is awesome to watch #TheMatch #sidesauce my new word on the course— Aaron Hicks (@AaronHicks31) November 23, 2018
On-hand in Vegas for the festivities were
#TheMatch Let’s go Tiger @BleacherReport pic.twitter.com/sg3UXBme8D— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) November 23, 2018
Who you guys got? #TheMatch pic.twitter.com/Ii9NwazWOD— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) November 23, 2018
It's great to see everybody come together like this under a common interest -- in this case, a big golf showdown between two living legends.