How it works: TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match
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Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson discuss Taylormade Driving Relief
The TaylorMade Driving Relief supported by UnitedHealth Group skins match takes place Sunday at historic Seminole Golf Club in Florida. The team of Rory McIlroy-Dustin Johnson will face the team of Rickie Fowler-Matthew Wolff in a charitable event for COVID-19 relief efforts.
To familiarize yourself with the match format and rules, as well as safety precautions and other adjustments being made at Seminole, check the information below. Please note that everyone onsite at Seminole are prepared to adjust accordingly as needed to protect the health and safety of all involved.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several precautions will be used to maintain the safety of all those involved.
• Everyone onsite will be subject to a variety of forms of screening including questionnaires, temperature checks and COVID-19 testing provided by LetsGetChecked.
• All facilities will be disinfected. PPE, sanitary wipes and sanitizer will be distributed to everyone on the property and used in instances where proper social distancing measures can’t be taken.
• Everyone at Seminole will be asked to operate in a socially distanced manner at all times and should frequently wash/sanitize hands while at the course. In addition, they will be responsible for disinfecting equipment and areas of service.
• Players should not have contact of any kind – no handshakes, fist bumps, high-fives, etc. And other precautions, such as avoidance of face-touching, and cough into a tissue or inside of an elbow, should be exercised.
• The flag, flagstick and cup liner will be disinfected before play. Players should avoid touching, removing or attending the flagstick. Rules officials will handle flagsticks.
• All rakes have been removed from the course.
THE FOUR-BALL SKINS GAME
Two-man teams will play Four-Ball under Rule 23 of the USGA rules. Each player will play a separate ball. Each team’s score for a hole is the lower score from the two partners.
All money is for charity. The team of Rory McIlroy-Dustin Johnson will play for the American Nurses Foundation. The team of Rickie Fowler-Matthew Wolff will play for the CDC Foundation. Each team will start with $500,000 in the bank.
Each hole will be worth a Skin and in the event of a tied hole, the Skin and money will carry over to the next hole.
• Holes 1-6 will each be worth $50,000. • Holes 7-16 will each be worth $100,000 • Hole 17 will be worth $200,000 • Hole 18 will be worth $500,000.
Last Skin Tiebreaker • In the event that the 18th hole is tied and play ends before 5:45 p.m. the players will play the 17th hole (from approximately 125 yards). If that hole is tied, the players will play the 17th hole again and the skin will be decided by a closest to the hole competition (played from same shortened yardage).
Both these scenarios will determine the remaining skins and money.
The winning team will be the team with the most amount of money in the Team Skins format. Additional bonuses as outlined below for birdies and eagles will not count towards determining the winner.
In addition to the Skins Match, there will be a competition for birdies and eagles.
• Birdies and Eagles sponsored by Farmers Insurance. One team can make multiple under par scores on a hole and be rewarded. The values of these will start as following.
Birdie = $25,000
Eagle = $50,000
Hole-in-One or Double Eagle = $150,000
Note 1: As birdies and eagles are rewarded by charity dollars, players will be requested to putt out if they have a putt for birdie or better. This is even if they have a putt that doesn’t affect the team score. In the event of a tap-in being conceded and/or removed, that putt will not be replayed. In the event of a putt of greater length being conceded or removed by any player (that places the integrity of the initiative in question) then that putt will be replaced and the attempt made.
Note 2: The dollar amounts for birdies and eagles could be raised during the competition. Should this occur, the players would be informed as soon as possible.TaylorMade Longest Drive: There will be a TaylorMade Longest Drive competition on No. 2 for $100,000 and No. 14 for $150,000.
Unlike regular PGA TOUR events, some interesting adjustments have been made for this competition:
• Distance measuring devices (DMD) will be allowed. However, the use of slope and elevation features on DMDs will not be permitted.
• All players may wear shorts.
• No caddies are allowed. Thus, all players will walk and carry their own bags or pull a trolley. Carts will be used to transport players to the 17th hole in case of a playoff.
• Players will wear mics. On-course interviews by NBC announcers will also take place.
COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS
As previously mentioned, the TaylorMade Driving Relief is centered around a $3 million charity skins match supported by UnitedHealth Group to raise money and awareness for the American Nurses Foundation (McIlroy-Johnson) and the CDC Foundation (Fowler-Wolff).
Farmers Insurance also pledged $1 million to back a birdies-and-eagle pool to benefit Off Their Plate, a fundraising initiative through World Central Kitchen that helps both frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers and impacted restaurant shift employees.
PGA TOUR Charities’ online fundraiser is now live on GoFundMe, where fans around the world can come together and donate to support additional COVID-19 relief efforts in conjunction with TaylorMade Driving Relief, building upon the event’s initial $4 million raised. As they enjoy the competition on May 17, viewers located in the United States will also be able to donate to the fundraiser by texting ‘DRIVINGRELIEF’ to 41-411. Standard text rates apply.
PGA TOUR Charities’ GoFundMe will benefit qualified organizations providing or in need of COVID-19 relief.
For information about donating via PGA TOUR Charities’ fundraiser on GoFundMe, please visit PGATOUR.com/DrivingRelief.
For more information about PGA TOUR Charities Inc. and the programs it supports, see pgatourcharities.org.