Watch! Driving Relief Skins Match: McIlroy Johnson vs Fowler Wolff Live Stream Online

Sunday 17th May
22:40

How to watch Driving Relief Skins Match: McIlroy Johnson vs Fowler Wolff Live Stream Online.

Rory McIlroy will take the leading role in the first professional golf to be televised live in more than two months. The world No 1 will partner Dustin Johnson in a charity match against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in Florida. 

The behind-closed-doors event at Seminole - the much-lauded layout near McIlroy's Jupiter home where father Gerry is a member - will benefit the coronavirus relief efforts, with $4m being put up by UnitedHealth Group and Farmers Insurance.

When is it?

The event takes place today, 17 May. 

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf will screen the 18 holes with NBC broadcasting it across America. Coverage begins at 7 pm. McIlroy Johnson vs Fowler Wolff Live Stream.

How is it safe?

Officials will follow social-distancing guidelines and there will be testing measures to protect the health and safety of the golfers, production crews, and others on site. In that sense, it will be a useful guide for the PGA Tour, which intends to restart their schedule - under similar conditions, albeit with 140-plus 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 which he broke last week by hitting his first practice shots since The Players Championship was abandoned after one round on Mar 12, this team skins showdown will represent a competitive return, of sorts.

“It’s been difficult to witness what so many are enduring over the last several weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” McIlroy said. “I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe. Dustin and I will have a lot of fun together and our games will fit well as we push to raise funds and awareness.”

McIlroy and Johnson are considered two of the best drivers of the ball, while Fowler is among the most popular characters in the game and alongside 21-year-old Wolff, one of the up-and-coming forces on Tour, the encounter is set to be an intriguing clash of swings and styles. The quartet is sponsored by equipment-makers TaylorMade.

The PGA Tour has sanctioned the event, with commissioner Jay Monahan saying: "We are excited about the safe and responsible return of live golf and the opportunity to raise significant funds for those on the front lines of the Covic-19 pandemic. With four of the PGA TOUR's top stars in Rory, Rickie, Dustin, and Matthew of Team TaylorMade participating… fans around the world can look forward to a unique, interactive, and entertaining event that will help those in need."

How do skins work?

Usually played between three or four players, each hole is played separately and the lowest score wins 'the skin' - often a fixed amount of money agreed before the match begins. If there is no clear winner with two or more players tied on the same score, the skin rolls over to the next hole with double the money up for grabs. The tension really begins to mount if the group goes several holes without a clear winner and the money keeps carrying over. Once the skin is eventually won, the money on offer reverts to the original amount. At the end of the game, each player settles up based on the number of skins they have.

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