Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson leads a relief game COVID-19
Live Golf returns to television in just under two weeks with a $ 3 million charity match to COVID-19 relief that includes Rory McIlroy , Dustin Johnson and the television debut of the legendary Seminole Golf Club.
McIlroy and Johnson, both major world No. 1 champions, will face Oklahoma State alumni Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in an event announced as the `` TaylorMade Driving Relief. ''
UnitedHealth Group Inc. supports the $ 3 million donation. McIlroy and Johnson are playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff will play for the CDC Foundation.
All four players have endorsements and relationships with the groups involved. Farmers Insurance has pledged $ 1 million for a birdies-and-eagle pool to benefit `` Off Their Plate, '' which supports COVID-19 health care workers. PGA Tour Charities will have a `` text-to-donate '' online program for viewers to pledge additional money.
It will be the first live Golf since the pandemic shut down sports worldwide seven weeks ago. And it will be the first time that Seminole, the Donald Ross course in South Florida, has a televised event.
Seminole se encuentra en un tramo pequeño a lo largo del Océano Atlántico en Juno Beach, diseñado de tal manera que casi cada disparo se enfrenta a una dirección del viento ligeramente diferente. Nunca se ha clasificado entre los 20 primeros en la lista de Golf Digest de `` Los 100 mejores campos de Golf de Estados Unidos '' desde que comenzó la clasificación en 1966.
`` I hope we can provide respite and entertainment for those who tune in around the world, '' said McIlroy.
The charity match will be televised on NBC networks, including the Golf Channel, along with Sky Sports and the PGA Tour's global television partners. It will also be broadcast live on various platforms.
Mike Tirico will provide commentary from his Michigan home, while analysts like Paul Azinger will work from an off-site production set. Two television reporters will be on the course.
The tour said it would follow CDC's strict social distancing guideline and local orders and use what it described as appropriate evidence to protect the health of players, the production team and others at the site. Spectators will not be allowed.
`` Los fanáticos del Golf en todo el mundo pueden esperar un evento único, interactivo y entretenido que ayudará a los necesitados '', dijo el comisionado de la PGA Tour, Jay Monahan.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play an exhibition game with NFL greats Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, although details such as date and course have yet to be announced.
Official Golf is not expected to return until June 11-14 at Colonial in Texas, although the tour is still trying to work out details on essential personnel and testing that would be required.
Live Golf was last seen on TV on March 12, the first round of The Players Championship. The tour first decided to eliminate fans, and then that night after the first round canceled the rest of the tournament. More tournaments subsequently were canceled or postponed.
Los campos de Golf en el condado de Palm Beach, donde viven los cuatro jugadores, estuvieron cerrados hasta fines de la semana pasada. McIlroy, quien cumplió 31 años el lunes, dijo en el programa `` Today '' de NBC que estuvo siete semanas sin jugar hasta llegar al rango la semana pasada.
McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the world in February and has been there a total of 100 weeks. Johnson has been No. 1 a total of 91 weeks. Of the active players, only Woods (683) has been at number 1 most often.
Fowler is one of the game's hottest players, while Wolff is regarded as one of the most explosive young stars. The 21-year-old from California won his first PGA Tour event a month after leaving the state of Oklahoma.
It will be an early preview for Seminole, which next year is to host the Walker Cup. The course is where Ben Hogan used to prepare for the Masters, and it's best known in Golf circles for its Pro Member event that for years has attracted some of the best tour players. Several club members also belong to clubs like Augusta National and Shinnecock Hills.
`` This match is a pure public service, with all money raised providing COVID-19 relief to those most in need in Florida and around the country, and Seminole is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause at his difficult time , '' said Jimmy Dunne, the club president.