Live golf will return to TV on May 17 as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson team up for £2.4m charity event in Florida… with strict social distancing rules, no fans and coronavirus testing in place
- Thirteen PGA Tour events have been cancelled, with action set to resume in June
- Rory McIlroy is one of four stars to have signed up for TaylorMade Driving Relief
- The two-team, 18-hole skins challenge will raise up to £2.4million for charity
- Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will take part in the TV event
- The players will be tested for coronavirus and social distancing will be in place
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The foursome will compete in the TaylorMade Driving Relief – a two-team skins challenge over 18 holes – at Seminole golf course on May 17.
World No 1 McIlroy will team up with Johnson and go head-to-head with Fowler and Wolff, with up to $3million (£2.4m) to American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation.
Rory McIlroy is one of four players to have signed up for TaylorMade Driving Relief this month
McIlroy, pictured with Dustin Johnson at the 2018 Ryder Cup, will team up with the American
All four players will follow strict social distancing measures and comprehensive testing will be utilised to protect players, television production staff and others on the Florida site.
The challenge will be broadcast live in the United States and on Sky Sports in the UK.
‘We are excited about the safe and responsible return of live golf and the opportunity to raise significant funds for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the TaylorMade Driving Relief event,’ said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
Rickie Fowler will also take part in the event, which will raise money for coronavirus charities
Matthew Wolff will team up with Fowler at Seminole golf course in Florida on May 17
‘With four of the PGA TOUR’s top stars in Rory, Rickie, Dustin and Matthew of Team TaylorMade participating and UnitedHealth Group serving as the foundation of charitable giving, and Farmers Insurance providing an additional bonus pool, golf fans around the world can look forward to a unique, interactive and entertaining event that will help those in need.’
There have been 13 events cancelled or postponed on the PGA Tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the action set to resume on June 8 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Meanwhile a host of European Tour players will compete in the BMW Indoor Invitational, a virtual tournament using the latest simulator technology.
Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten, Mike Lorenzo Vera, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger will take part.