PGA Tour

McIlroy, Johnson win charity skins tournament

2020-05-18 10:06
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy (AFP)

In golf's return to televised competition through TaylorMade Driving Relief, the total amount raised from the skins match, relief partner donations and fan contributions as of the conclusion of the match exceeded $5.5 million.

The team of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson claimed victory at Seminole Golf Club by collecting 11 skins for a total of $1.85 million that will be donated to the American Nurses Foundation, while the team of Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff won seven skins for $1.15 million that will be donated to the CDC Foundation.

"It was nice to feel it again. It's only - what's it been, nine weeks since The Players? It feels much longer than that," said McIlroy.

"It would have been nice to give him (Johnson) something or a high five, but obviously we can't in these times, but yeah, it's going to be different."

Johnson said: "Obviously this course is not too tough of a walk, but definitely have a little more respect for the caddies when they're - especially they're carrying a lot bigger bag than what we were carrying today. But it was a lot of fun to get back out and play with Rory, Rickie and Matt. I think we had a good time. We raised a lot of money for charity, so I'm really excited about that."

Of the $3 million pledged by UnitedHealth Group, each team began with $500 000 and played for the sum of the remaining $2 million during the match.

Both teams tied the final six holes, meaning the remaining six skins were decided by a 120-yard closest-to-the-pin competition on the par-3 17th hole, which was won by McIlroy (13 feet). Wolff’s shot landed 18 feet, 2 inches from the hole.

Fowler led all players with seven birdies during the match.

"I'm obviously excited for live sports to come back in any way, shape or form... I know the Tour has done a great job of making sure that we're in a safe spot to move forward at Colonial at the start of June, and like I said, this Covid-19 thing is bigger than all sports, but sports is also a big part of life and culture," said Fowler.

Following the first hole of the competition, TaylorMade announced a pledge of $350 000 through two TaylorMade Long Drive Holes. During the broadcast of the competition, PGA Tour Superstore announced an additional $100 000 as part of the long drive at the 14th hole.

- No. 2 - $100 000 – Matthew Wolff, 356 yards

- No. 14 - $350 000 – Matthew Wolff, 368 yards

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