NFL Duo Mahomes And Kelce Beat NBA's Curry And Thompson In The Match

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce beat Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in eighth edition of The Match in Las Vegas

Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes played in The Match in Las Vegas
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Kansas City Chiefs teammates Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce emerged with a 3&2 victory over NBA pair Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in the latest edition of The Match in Las Vegas.

Thanks mostly to Curry's impressive golf game, he and Golden State Warriors teammate Thompson went into the contest at The Wynn as big favourites, but they fell behind early to the two-time Super Bowl champions and could never recover.

The meeting between four of the biggest sports stars in America drew a decent crowd, but it was at times a dangerous game following the fourball with wayward shots straying into the fans on a few occasions.

After halving the first of the 12 holes they were playing in the contest, Kelce and Mahomes combined as they have been for years with the Chiefs to swiftly open up a big lead.

One of the best ever quarterback-tight end combinations in NFL history went 4 Up after just six holes, with the basketball stars well on the back foot.

The NBA duo pulled it back over the next few holes but it was all over on the 10th hole as the NFL stars claimed the spoils.

Nobody could manage to win the $2m charity prize for a hole-in-one on the special challenge hole, while several fans came under fire as 'fore' was shouted on numerous occasions.

This was the eighth edition of The Match and the first time that two different sports were represented but no golfers had taken part in the event - but it was still a success with $35m raised for charity.

It all started with Tiger Woods taking on Phil Mickelson back in 2018, with the likes of NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady taking place in subsequent editions.

Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka's grudge match drew 1.2m viewers, while the first event with no golfers involved took place last year when Brady and Mahomes were joined by Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers in a battle among NFL quarterbacks. 

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.