Seminole Skins Match Viewer’s Guide: Rory McIlroy, Fowler, DJ and Wolff face off for charity
Professional golf finally makes its much-anticipated return this weekend in Florida. No, it’s not an official PGA Tour event (that will have to wait until June) but it is a star-studded match that features PGA Tour stars contending with one of the best golf courses in the United States.
This Sunday, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff compete in the “TaylorMade Driving Relief” competition at iconic Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
Seminole Skins Match format
The format for the “TaylorMade Driving Relief” competition is a two-on-two skins game. McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer in the world, and Dustin Johnson, a former World No. 1, will take on Rickie Fowler and up-and-coming Tour star Matthew Wolff.
In a skins game, each hole is played separately. The player with the lowest score earns the “skin” for that hole, or a pre-determined amount of money. If a hole is tied, the skin carries over to the next hole until someone wins, making it possible for a player to win several skins on one hole.
For the match at Seminole, each player will play their own ball, with the lowest score among each team counting toward the match. So if McIlroy makes 4 on the 1st hole, and the other three players make a 5 or worse, team Rory-DJ wins the skin.
One major difference between this and a normal skins match is that all money earned will go directly to charities selected by the players. The first six holes will be worth $50,000 each, Nos. 7-16 will be worth $100,000, the 17th hole will be worth $200,000, and the final hole will be worth a $500,000 skin. Each team will also begin with $500,000.
As for the specific charities being supported, McIlroy and Johnson will play for the American Nurses Foundation, and Fowler and Wolff will play for the CDC Foundation.
How to watch Skins Match at Seminole
The competition will take place on Sunday, May 17. Live coverage will be provided from 2-6 p.m. ET. For TV viewers, the action will be broadcast on NBC, Golf Channel and NBCSN. The event can be streamed online with PGA Tour Live or at Golfchannel.com.
Golf fans without a cable subscription are in luck. The pre-tournament coverage, as well as the first two holes of the competition, will be streamed for free on Twitter.