What is it?
Rory McIlroy will take the lead role in the first professional golf to be televised live in over two months. The world number 1 will partner with Dustin Johnson in a charity match against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in Florida.
The closed-door event in Seminole, the highly-praised design near McIlroy’s Jupiter home where Father Gerry is a member, will benefit coronavirus relief efforts, with UnitedHealth Group and Farmers Insurance.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 17.
What television channel are you on?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf will screen the 18 holes with NBC broadcasting across the United States. Coverage begins at 7 p.m.
Officials will follow the guidelines for social distancing and there will be trial measures to protect the health and safety of golfers, production teams and others on site. In that sense, it will be a useful guide for the PGA Tour, which intends to restart its schedule, under similar conditions, albeit with more than 140 players, at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Dallas on June 11.
What are they saying?
For McIlroy, after a seven-week break from the game he broke last week by taking his first practice shots since the Players Championship was abandoned after a round on March 12, this team-mask showdown will represent a type of competitive return.
“It has been difficult to witness what so many are enduring in recent weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said McIlroy. “I hope we can provide respite and entertainment for those who tune in around the world. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together and our games will fit together as we lobby to raise funds and raise awareness. ”
McIlroy and Johnson are considered two of the ball’s best drivers, while Fowler is among the game’s most popular characters and, along with Wolff, 21, one of the emerging forces on the Tour, the match is set. be an intriguing clash of swings and styles. The quartet is sponsored by equipment manufacturers TaylorMade.