Eli and Peyton Manning took their sibling rivalry to a friendlier venue and put on a show.
The famous football brothers hit long birdies on the same hole during Saturday’s third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Eli hit a long birdie bomb, but Peyton was undeterred and followed that up with a birdie of his own.
In an on-course interview with CBS’ Amanda Balionis, both Mannings said it’s a little more challenging conquering this venue than it is the golf course.
“It’s been a lot of fun, said Eli, who is starting to get into the swing of retirement. “A couple of good holes where Peyton and I birdied the same hole and had the crowd going. So, it’s a little nerve wracking, a little bit.
“I like it better with football. I feel like I know what I’m doing when I throw a football. I kind of going in the general direction of where I’m throwing. It’s not always like that in golf.”
Peyton said their teams had some friendly side action, but that he and Eli have tried to help each other in this different pressure cooker.
“It’s been great being with Eli,” Peyton said. “The fans, like Eli said, have been great. The weather has been incredible.
“We kind of try help each other. That’s kind of been our relationship throughout our football careers is to try to help each other. “I know how nervous I am up there in front of those crowds. I know how he’s feeling. So, w’re trying to have each other’s backs out here.”
In case you’re curious, big brother Peyton won the battle between the two-time Super Bowl champions. Peyton and his pro partner, Luke Donald, made the cut and are tied for 10th at 20-under. The Eli-Kevin Chappell team finished at -16 under, missing the cut line by two strokes. The Kevin Streelman-Larry Fitgerald pairing lead at 27-under.
Nick Taylor, who is 17-under, leads Phil Mickelson by one after three rounds in the professional tournament. Mickelson, who has 44 PGA Tour victories, is seeking a record sixth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title.
“It seemed like my short game was pretty good today,” said Mickelson, who made some big-time hole outs and par saves en route to a third-round 67.