The Match VII (Woods/McIlroy vs Spieth/Thomas) Odds & Picks

Devon Platana

Thu Dec 08 2022

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The Match returns with its eighth edition on Saturday, Dec. 10. This time, the celebrity golfing event will pit some of the sports’ all-time greats against each other as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy take on Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.

The Match VII’s proceeds will be donated for victims of Hurricane Ian, so it’s nice to know that the quartet is playing for a good cause. Nevertheless, bragging rights are still on the line, so it’ll be interesting to see which golfing duo emerges as the victors when the dust settles.

The event also brings some intriguing betting opportunities to the table. From the latest odds to a prediction for The Match, here’s everything you need to know heading into this weekend.

The Match VII Event Details

When is The Match?

The Match will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.

Where is The Match?

The Match will take place at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.

What time does The Match start?

The Match will begin at 6 p.m. ET.

How can I watch The Match?

The event will be broadcasted on TNT, but it will also simultaneously air on other broadcasting options, such as truTV, TBS and HLN.

The Match VII Betting Odds

Odds are via our top reviewed and recommended sportsbooks as of Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8:15 a.m. ET.

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Woods/McIlroy +100
  • Thomas/Spieth -125

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Woods/McIlroy +110
  • Thomas/Spieth -130


  • Woods/McIlroy +100
  • Thomas/Spieth -125


  • Woods/McIlroy +100
  • Thomas/Spieth -125

The Match VII: Woods/McIlroy vs Thomas/Spieth Prediction

As you can tell from the above odds, The Match VII is shaping up to be a close-fought affair. Though Thomas and Spieth are the unanimous favorite across all highlighted sportsbooks, their shortest odds to win come in at -125 on three websites, carrying an implied probability of just 55.6%.

Still, you can’t blame Thomas and Spieth for being the favorites. The younger duo has had plenty of success recently on the PGA Tour and looks to keep the ball rolling in Belleair on Saturday.

When it comes to Thomas, the 29-year-old fared well in the 2021-22 season. Making 21 appearances, he placed inside of the top 25 on 13 different occasions, even cracking the top 10 in 47.6% of showings. Thomas also placed third three times with his best outing being when he won the PGA Championship in May.

Not to be outdone, Spieth also had a solid 2022 campaign. The Dallas, Texas native had his ups and downs, but he still made six top-10 appearances in 22 events played. Though he was the runner-up at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and AT&T Byron Nelson, he did come home with a first-place showing at the RBC Heritage.

However, it isn’t like Spieth and Thomas are facing a pair of slouches at The Match. It certainly goes without saying that Woods and McIlroy are two of the top golfers to have ever joined the PGA Tour and should be able to give the opposition a run for their money.

McIlroy had one of the best seasons of his career in 2022. The seasoned veteran placed first in the FedEx Cup standings, winning three separate events along the way: The CJ Cup, RBC Canadian Open and TOUR Championship. On top of that, he also was the runner-up at The Masters and even placed third at the Open Championship.

Unfortunately, the golfing world didn’t see too much from Woods over the last year. His near-fatal car crash in February 2021 left him sidelined until April, leading to his playing in just three tournaments. Considering how he was cut from one and withdrew from another, it’ll be interesting to see what shape he’s in.

Having said that, Woods is the only golfer this time around who’s played at The Match before. He lost against Phil Mickelson in 2018 before teaming up with Peyton Manning to defeat “Lefty” and Tom Brady two years later.

Even with Woods’ event experience and McIlroy doing most of the heavy lifting, I’m siding with Spieth and Thomas to win The Match. The latter duo has youth and better recent play on their side. Though McIlroy’s play should make it interesting at times, Woods is no longer at the top of his game and is too much of a question mark to trust from a betting perspective.

To get the most value out of a bet, side with Spieth and Thomas on either FanDuel Sportsbook, BetRivers or BetMGM at -125 odds. It’s pretty much up to whichever sportsbook you prefer, however, you could wait until the event to see which location has the more valuable odds.

Regardless, look for Spieth and Thomas to get the W at the Pelican Golf Club on Saturday.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

Devon is a Master of Journalism graduate who joined the sports betting world in 2020. His favorite leagues to cover are the NHL, NBA and NFL, and has a soft spot for fantasy football specifically. Outside of sports, he enjoys the finer things in life like pasta, live music and getting even more tattoos.