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Published on 16 May 2020 / In Sports

⁣FOWLER/WOLFF vs JOHNSON/MCLROY May 17 @ 2pm televised live from Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.

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The 18-hole match, scheduled from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. ET, will be televised by NBC, Golf Channel, NBCSN and Sky Sports. Free streaming will be available on PGA Tour Live, GOLFTV, Golfpass and Golf Channel.

Dustin Johnson left The Players Championship two months ago and didn’t play every other spherical of golfing till 4 days ago, the begin of a crash direction for his return to playing before a television audience.

He additionally owes it to his partner, Rory McIlroy, to practice.

They play towards Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff on Sunday at Seminole Golf Club in a charity skins game, the first live golf on television for the reason that opening round of The Players Championship on March 12. It became canceled — alongside with sports worldwide — due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I figured I probably should play a little little bit of golfing earlier than we tee it up right here this Sunday,” Johnson stated on a conference call Thursday. “But I’ll be geared up. Don’t you worry.”


McIlroy has been gambling some but now not actually running. He expects that to start after the Sunday in shape, giving him three full weeks of difficult practice to get geared up for the PGA Tour’s go back at Colonial.

But it’s greater than golfing so one can be on show from Seminole, the Donald Ross design alongside the Atlantic Ocean that has hosted the game’s pleasant over the years, simply in no way on TV.

Along with $4 million or extra for COVID-19 alleviation efforts, that is as an awful lot approximately how golfing will look whilst it returns for real.

The players will now not have caddies and will carry their own bags. The advantage there goes to Wolff, who was nonetheless at Oklahoma State this time remaining yr and has recent enjoy lugging his very own clubs.

Social distancing is paramount.

“I suppose we've a large duty on ourselves to make sure that we exercise all the tips that the PGA Tour is going to set in place,” Johnson said. “Obviously, everyone is going to be looking what we’re doing, so I suppose it’s very important for us to do it all correctly. We have a duty to ourselves and all of the other gamers to stay secure and live healthy.”

Bunkers will no longer have rakes. They won’t be needed, anyway, not with handiest one in shape at the direction. Just in case, a PGA Tour policies reputable will convey a rake with him. Players will be recommended to putt with the flagstick within the cup. If it desires removed, that’s the job of another PGA Tour guidelines authentic.

Andy Levinson, the tour’s senior vice chairman of tournament administration, stated all 4 players have gone via a diagnostic PCR check for the virus, and there might be extra testing, temperature taking and health questionnaires for anyone at Seminole (a number probably to be around 50).


“It’s a first rate opportunity for us to put into effect similar methods to what we’re going to be implementing when we go back to competition at the PGA Tour and see how they paintings, albeit in a completely plenty smaller manner,” Levinson stated.

The excursion changed into nonetheless working with Palm Beach County on getting an exemption from its necessities for golfing that consist of a ban on touching flagsticks, the usage of foam pool noodles within the cup and a limitation on how early gamers can arrive before their tee times.

“If it turns out that we’re now not cushty taking place that road, then we’ll simply continue with the noodle inside the hollow,” policies legit Stephen Cox stated. “And with a view to deliver an possibility to reveal that golf at the very best level may be played in a fun manner. But it's miles our aim to play golf just like we will do at Colonial in some weeks’ time.”

The event is called “TaylorMade Driving Relief,” with all four gamers have endorsement offers with TaylorMade. The pleasant of the golfing won't be up to conventional with gamers coming off one of these lengthy break.

Most realise a good way to be secondary. This is a risk to entertain, perhaps whet the urge for food for golfing’s return.

“I sense like there hasn’t been very many live sports,” Wolff stated. “I understand UFC has been back, but it’s been without a doubt tough. This coronavirus has truely affected all people’s lives, and anybody wants to just get lower back to a normal, going to work or looking sports or anything like that, and so that you can bring that to them while raising money for a extremely good cause is what I surely assume is crucial. And I’m happy to be part of it.”

The 18-hole healthy is designed to elevate upward of $four million toward coronavirus comfort efforts, with UnitedHealth Group pledging $three million. Each team begins with $500,000, and relaxation of the money is based totally on who wins — Johnson and McIlroy represent the American Nurses Foundation, Fowler and Wolff play for CDC Foundation.

Farmers Insurance has pledged $1 million for a birdies-and-eagle pool to gain fitness care workers, and PGA Tour Charities has an internet donation at some point of the match. It already has raised extra than $400,000.

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