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McIlroy, Johnson raise $1.85M for charity in Driving Relief skins match

May 17, 2020, 4:25 PM
Dustin Johnson and Ricky Fowler. (Twitter photo/@PGATOUR)...
Dustin Johnson and Ricky Fowler. (Twitter photo/@PGATOUR)
(Twitter photo/@PGATOUR)

The TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match took place on Sunday at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida.

Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff were paired up against Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, the latter of which came out victorious.

The winning duo was playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while their counterparts’ winnings would go to the CDC Foundation.

And while McIlroy and Johnson may have racked up $1.85 million in skins, all of it is going toward the COVID-19 relief efforts.

The TaylorMade Driving Relief also had a little bit of a different looked compared to most PGA events.

For starters, there weren’t any fans, the event consisted of only a four-player skins match, all four golfers wore shorts and mics, caddies weren’t allowed, interviews took place on the course and distance measuring devices were allowed.

A skins game is played by each golfer playing their own ball, but the teams’ scores per hole were only reflective of whoever had the lower stroke count.

Additional oddities included coronavirus-related precautions such as temperature checks, no rakes and no contact of any kind between players.

Wolff took home the long drive title on the day, as he won both long drive competitions that accumulated a total of $450,000 that will be going toward the CDC Foundation.

He also showed off his ability to drive the ball after hitting one off the tee for over 400 yards.

Johnson did his best to match Wolff, but his slice was reminiscent of what so many amateur golfers struggle with from the tee box.

And that wasn’t the only blunder from the winning pair.

Fowler attempted to chip the ball onto the green, but his shot was less than ideal, making those that have chunked it before feel just a little bit better about their golf game.

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