Driving Relief: $5.5 million raised for the frontline

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So it all came down to an extra hole.  Rory and Dustin and Rickie and Matthew headed back to the 121 yard 17th and Rory hit a stunning wedge shot closest to to the pin. He and partner Dustin Johnson took 11 skins in total and $1.8 million and Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff took 7 skins and $1.15 million. Wolff took both prizes for longest drives on the 2nd and 14th holes and with donations from corporate sponsors a total of $5,503,959 was donated to the two charities supporting frontline workers.

Dustin Johnson is never forthcoming to the media about what he thinks or feels, he gave out a hippy ish “It’s nice to be part of something so cool. Everything is going to be weird for some time”. McIlroy had commented earlier that the thing he loves the most about DJ is how he “just doesn’t care”, but in this instance he sincerely did care about the cause. In context though, what Rory meant was that it is a huge asset not to care so much in golf. To have a selective memory so setbacks don’t affect him.  Yes, the most athletic of all the top players with a mental attitude that sets him apart. Peace out Dustin.

So the next step towards the re opening of tournament golf on June 11 at the Charles Schwab Cup at Colonial in Texas, is this. The Match (again). Let’s hope that next Sunday Tiger and Phil will provide something a lot more entertaining than when they did it last time. They will be with NFL Quarterbacks Peyton Manning who will partner Tiger

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and Tom Brady who will partner Phil, and the trash talk on social media has already begun with Brady posting this picture of the four contestants.

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This will be a different beast altogether from Driving Relief, with a lot of betting categories already being set up see BetOnline.ag. It’s another step forward to normalcy, as golf betting is huge business, but it will still be golf played in a bubble. When the PGA Tour resumes in June there will be no spectators, off site media and most odd of all no player families travelling with them. And 37 pages of guidance from the tour about what can and cannot be done. Apparently the President had said he wanted golf to return to normal a month later (from June) with tens of thousands of people standing on top of each other and we dont want them having to wear masks”. Seriously.

Well at least perhaps Mickelson will be doing the right thing. Some years ago, when his dislike of Tiger was at its peak, he came off the 18th after shaking hands with him at the end of their round and was heard on camera saying “be sure and wash your hands now”.

Good advice for now.

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