PGA Tour

Skins game for Covid-19 relief heralds return to big-time golf

Rory McIlroy (PA)
Rory McIlroy (PA)

Big-time golf is back!

While there won’t be a trophy or world ranking points at stake, four of the sport’s biggest names will be teeing up this weekend for a greater cause.

The TaylorMade Driving Relief will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 and 6 on Sunday, 17 May at 20:00 SA time.

Headlined by world No 1 Rory McIlroy along with his partner Dustin Johnson, they will take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a best-ball skins match. The lowest score by each team on the hole wins the skin.

All four golfers will donate their time for the 18-hole competition, with McIlroy/Johnson playing for the American Nurses Foundation and Fowler/Wolff playing for the CDC Foundation.

“I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together and our games will fit well as we push to raise funds and awareness on 17 May,” said McIlroy.

With regards to safety measures, the PGA Tour will follow all guidelines, executive orders and mandates issued by the state of Florida, Palm Beach County and the city of Juno Beach.

The match will be played at Seminole Golf Club.

With all money going to charity, both teams will start with $500 000 in the bank.

From there, hole values will increase as the match continues: Holes 1-6 will be worth $50 000 each, while Holes 7-16 will be worth $100 000.

The 17th hole will be worth $200 000 while No 18 will feature a $500 000 skin.

In the event of any ties, the dollar values will carry over from hole to hole. If the 18th hole is tied and play concludes before 17:45, players will head to the par-3 17th and play it from approximately 125 yards. If the teams are still tied, they would return to the 17th tee and decide the remaining skins and money by a closest-to-the-pin contest.

If play concludes after 17:45 and the teams remain tied, only the closest-to-the-pin option on No 17 will be used.

Additional bonus money will be awarded for low scores, with players earning an extra $25 000 per birdie, $50 000 per eagle and $150 000 per hole-in-one or albatross. All putts for birdies or better must be holed and won't be subject to concession, even if the putt doesn't affect the team score.

There will also be two long drive contests, with $100 000 going to the longest drive on No 2 and $150 000 on No 14. Tee shots do not need to finish in the fairway to count for long drive purposes.

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