July 9, 2021

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McIlroy, Johnson win ‘Driving Support’ exhibition as dwell golf returns to TV

Rory McIlroy delivered the money shot Sunday as dwell golf returned to television for a Skins sport that uncovered a great deal of rust and raised higher than $5 million US for COVID-19 help funds.

McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not obtained a pores and pores and skin given that sixth hole, had a chance to win the final word six skins worth $1.1 million on the final word hole at Seminole inside the TaylorMade Driving Support exhibition. Every missed they normally returned to the par-3 17th for a closest-to-the-pin contest.

From a forward tee at 120 yards, Matthew Wolff was 18 ft beneath the opening. His companion, Rickie Fowler, missed the inexperienced. Johnson found a bunker. All the way in which all the way down to the ultimate shot, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 ft.

“Air five,” McIlroy talked about, alluding to the social distancing in place at Juno Seashore, Florida.

WATCH | McIlroy, Johnson win Driving Support skins match:

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy’s closest to the pin shot secures a victory with companion Dustin Johnson over Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff inside the Driving Support skins match to go in path of COVID-19 help efforts. 2:20

The last word carryover gave McIlroy and Johnson $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation. Fowler, who made seven birdies, and Wolff made $1.15 million for the CDC Foundation.

“I’m proud to be part of an event to entertain people at home on a Sunday afternoon and to raise money for people who need it,” McIlroy talked about as he carried out the 18th hole.

Wolff, the 21-year-old Californian with big sport and a great deal of swagger, earned $450,000 in direction of help funds by having the longest drives on two par 5s — 356 yards on No. 2 and 368 yards on No. 14.

Fowler’s seven birdies have been worth $270,000 in a separate fund from Farmers Insurance coverage protection, whereas McIlroy made four birdies worth $175,000 and Wolff had three birdies for $135,000. Johnson, who confirmed basically essentially the most rust, had two birdies for $75,000.

PGA Tour Charities allowed for on-line donations all through the telecast, elevating higher than $1 million. The donations will proceed until Tuesday. When the exhibition ended, higher than $5.5 million had been pledged, starting with the $Three million guarantee from UnitedHeath Group.

Avid gamers carried their very personal baggage.

‘Good to get once more on the golf course’

Television had a skeleton crew on the grounds — the play-by-play and analysts have been 200 miles away in St. Augustine, Florida, whereas host Mike Tirico was at his dwelling office in Michigan. The match went over four hours, primarily because of players have been at events held in place to offer the six TV cameras time to get in place on the next hole.

Mark Russell, the PGA Tour’s vice-president of of tips and rivals, was the one one to take care of the flagstick. Bunkers didn’t should be raked because of they’ve been the one match on the course, which closed for the summer season last week.

“It was an awesome day,” McIlroy talked about. “It was nice to get back on the golf course and get back to some sort of normalcy.”

The players wore microphones, though the banter was restricted and ended early.

Most of it received right here from McIlroy, who wanted to make a quick birdie putt on the second hole to match Wolff’s birdie. He rolled it in and talked about to Wolff, “I think you forget I’ve won two FedEx Cups that total $25 million. That doesn’t faze me, youngster.”

Fowler carried out the proper golf and staked his aspect to the lead with four birdies in a six-hole stretch throughout the flip, along with a 20-footer on No. 11 that was worth two skins at $200,000. He raised his finger and McIlroy talked about, “Did you hear all those cheers?” There have been no followers, and fewer than 50 of us have been at Seminole. All have been examined for the model new coronavirus.

That was the start of golf’s return.

The ultimate dwell rivals on TV was March 12, the first spherical of The Avid gamers Championship. It was cancelled the next day, along with totally different tournaments that each have been scrapped or postponed.

Subsequent up is one different exhibition match on May 24 down the road at Medalist, the place Tiger Woods performs when dwelling. Woods and Peyton Manning will face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a match billed as “Champions for Charity” that will elevate $10 million for COVID-19 help efforts.

The true current is to return on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Drawback at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. The tour has talked about it’s not going to allow followers for not lower than a month, and possibly longer counting on it goes. Avid gamers might have entry to structure flights and a selected resort.

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