Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Charity Skins match set


Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline a $3 million charity match for covid-19 relief that will mark the first live golf on television since the pandemic shut down sports worldwide. The May 17 match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in South Florida, a fabled course along the ocean where

Ben Hogan once prepared for the Masters. It is to be televised by NBC networks, including Golf Channel, Sky Sports and the PGA Tour’s global TV partners. It will be the first golf event at Seminole shown on television. McIlroy and Johnson, major champions who have reached No. 1 in the world, will be partners in a Skins match against Oklahoma State alumni Rickie Fowler and

Matthew Wolff. McIlroy and Johnson are playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff are playing for the CDC Foundation. The match is titled, “Taylor Made Driving Relief.” All four players have endorsemen­t deals with Taylor Made. McIlroy, currently No. 1 and the reigning PGA Tour player of the year, announced the match on the Today show with Carson Daly, with whom McIlroy has a podcast. He described it as a chance to “do a small part to raise some money and raise some awareness.”

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