One week after the UFC brought live sports to millions of hungry fans, the PGA Tour has announced it will follow suit this Sunday. The charity event called “Driving Relief” will feature two teams of athletes–Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff against Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy–at the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida.
Fowler and Wolff will be playing for the CDC Foundation while Johnson and McIlroy are playing for the American Nurses Foundation. Both charities are leading relief efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
How To Watch PGA Driving Relief Competition
Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 2-6 p.m. ET
Television Broadcast: NBC, GOLF Channel, NBCSN
“We are excited about the safe and responsible return of live golf and the opportunity to raise significant funds for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the TaylorMade Driving Relief event,”
said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan in an article on PGA.com.
“With four of the PGA TOUR’s top stars in Rory, Rickie, Dustin and Matthew of Team TaylorMade participating and UnitedHealth Group serving as the foundation of charitable giving, and Farmers Insurance providing an additional bonus pool, golf fans around the world can look forward to a unique, interactive and entertaining event that will help those in need.”
McIlroy is currently ranked number one in the world, while Dustin Johnson brings 20 PGA Tour victories to the table. Fowler is one of the most well-known players on tour and will be teamed up with Wolff, the 2019 NCAA National Champion.
Event organizers state that the competition, “Will follow strict CDC social distancing guidelines, local mandates and will utilize appropriate testing measures to help protect the health and safety of the golfers, production crew and others on site.”
The following Sunday, May 24, the NFL and PGA will combine forces in a much anticipated celebrity showdown featuring Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. “The Match: Champions For Charity” carries a $10 million purse benefitting Coronavirus relief efforts.