Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff to Play Televised Skins Game on May 17
Photo credit: Andrew Redington/Getty Images. Pictured: Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson
Live golf will return to your TV screen and devices on May 17 with the TaylorMade Driving Relief, a four-man competition featuring Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.
The event will be a $3 million team skins match with all proceeds going toward COVID-19 relief.
It will mark the first nationally-televised live golf tournament since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12 and will be held one week ahead of the Champions for Charity match, which will pit Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.
If McIlroy, Johnson, Fowler and Wolff are the stars of this performance, it will be host venue Seminole Golf Club that will serve up a cameo to steal the show.
The posh Donald Ross design in Juno Beach, Florida, is annually ranked as one of the best courses in the U.S., but it rarely – if ever – holds a televised event. This one should serve as a precursor to next year’s Walker Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event between the best amateur players in the U.S. and Europe.
McIlroy and Johnson, ranked first and fifth in the world, respectively, are expected to be a heavy favorite over Fowler and Wolff, both of whom played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State.
The PGA TOUR, which will run this event, maintains that everyone involved “will follow all guidelines, executive orders and mandates issued by the state of Florida, Palm Beach County and the city of Juno Beach.”