10 May Ofer Eitan Announces: Charity Golf Matches with Woods, Mickelson, McIlroy,
PGA Tour golf is still a month away, but to fill the time professionals are participating in two charity golf matches in the next two weeks. Both the TaylorMade Driving Relief Skins Game, and The Match: Champions for Charity will raise funds to help fight the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The details, as well as odds, for both exhibitions have been disclosed. The skins game is first, being held Sunday May 17 at Seminole Golf Club, in Juno Beach, FL., and featuring Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson competing against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.
The Match will be the following Sunday at Hobe Sound, FL., and feature teams of Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. This event is a spin off from the first similarly titled event two years ago that featured Woods against Mickelson.
Charity Golf Matches Appetizer for PGA Tour
These will be the first live golf competitions featuring star PGA Tour players since The Players Championship was canceled March 13 after one round in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The tour begins resuming tournaments on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX. Details of the event will be released next week. No fans will be at the tournament, and safety measures for the golfers and other essential personnel will be revealed.
Before that event, however, golf fans will be able to watch both of the exhibition matches. The skins game will be televised by NBC and the Golf Channel, as well as Sky Sports. TNT and TBS will be showing The Match.
McIlroy and Johnson are the favorites in the skins competition, but the price varies at different sportsbooks.
Skins Game Odds
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McIlroy is the No. 1 golfer according to the Official World Golf Rankings, while Johnson is No. 5. Fowler, who is No. 27, told NBC Sports that he knows he and partner Wolff, who is ranked No. 110, are underdogs, but are optimistic they can win.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Fowler said. “Actually seeing some fan reaction saying how much of a favorite Rory and DJ are. So Matt and I are going into this as underdogs. We’re ready to bring the upset.”
Trash Talk Rampant between Woods, Mickelson
The banter between Woods and Mickelson was pitiful in the first exhibition, held the day after Thanksgiving in 2018. If the pre-match banter is any indication of what we’ll see at the event, it should be infinitely more entertaining.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 23, 2020
Just like the first edition, Woods is the favorite in the sequel. Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk management at the Westgate’s SuperBook USA said in April that Woods/Manning would be a -150 favorite. Since then, however, the odds have increased in their favor to -200.
The Match II Odds
Mickelson, who started the trash talk when the event was announced last month, piled on when during a video chat he displayed the trophy he won last year. Woods countered by donning his Masters jacket from his victory at Augusta National last year.