We can’t wait for 7pm here in the UK for the return of live golf for a worthy cause. A rare chance to see the exclusive Donald Ross designed Seminole Golf Club and to watch a skins match which will raise funds for the American Nurses Foundation and the CDC Foundation which works to control infectious diseases.
The PGA Tour have assured it will be a safe event. No fans will be present and all players, officials and broadcasters will be tested for Coronavirus and have temperature checks. Social distancing will be in place and rule officials will tend sanitised flags and no bunkers will be raked after use.
Sponsors TaylorMade, United Health Group and Farmers Insurance have put together a prize fund of over $3 million which gets distributed like this. Each player – Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson on one team and Rickie Fowler and Matthew Woolf on the other – plays his own ball. Lowest score wins the skin or is carried over if the scores are equal, The first six holes are worth $50,000 each, the next ten $100,000, the 17th short hole is worth $200,000 and the 18th $500,000. $25,000 for each birdie, $50,000 for each eagle and $150,000 for an albatross or hole in one. Longest drives earn $100,000 on the 2nd hole and $150,000 on the 14th. If the teams are tied on the 18th they play the 17th hole again to find the lowest score.
With amateur golf now restored since last Wednesday, we’re back. June 11th for the re-start of the PGA Tour schedule.