Charity Match Returns Golf to TV as DJ and Rory Pull Off Late Win — Golf Channel
McIlroy to Play First Three Events When PGA Tour Restarts — PGA Tour
Longshot Outlasts PGA Tour Veterans to Win Scottsdale Open — Golf Channel
Chip Shots: Barkley on TV crew for Tiger-Phil-Brady-Manning match; Women’s pro golf returns as Hyun Kyung Park wins; LPGA Tour’s restart pushed back; President Trump expresses wish for golf with fans in attendance; Ernie Gonzalez, tour vet, dies at 59.
Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy beat Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff for Charity: Rory McIlroy hit a shot befitting the No. 1 world ranking to capture the team title alongside Dustin Johnson in the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity skins match, marking the first live televised golf in more than two months. Six skins and $1.1 million in charitable donations were still up for grabs after McIlroy, Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff completed the 18th hole. So the participants headed back to the 17th tee at Seminole Golf Club, where a closest to the pin contest from approximately 125 determined the outcome of the match. With Wolff already on the green in solid position, McIlroy was last to hit and stuck his wedge barely inside of Wolff's ball. The shot meant that McIlroy and Johnson captured the team title, with 11 skins and $1.85 million against the seven skins and $1.15 million won by Fowler and Wolff. Read More . . .
McIlroy to Play First Three Events When PGA Tour Restarts: FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy will hit the ground running when the PGA TOUR returns to competition in June, saying Wednesday that he plans to play the first three tournaments in the revised schedule. The PGA TOUR is scheduled to resume from the COVID-19 enforced break at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11-14. McIlroy outlined his plans to be in that field, along with the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina (June 18-21) and the Travelers Championship (June 25-28) in Connecticut. “I just want to get back out and play. So right now, I'm planning to play the first three events,” McIlroy said. Read More . . .
Longshot Zach Smith Outlasts PGA Tour Veterans to Win Scottsdale Open: A mini-tour field filled with PGA Tour veterans couldn't keep pace with longshot Zach Smith. The Scottsdale AZ Open didn't go to one of the regular Tour contenders in the mix, but instead to an unheralded 24-year-old who left the field in his wake. Smith shot a final-round 62 at Talking Stick Golf Club to win by three shots with a 54-hole score of 18 under. "I just trusted my game. I've been working hard leading up to this," said Smith, who raced past such notables as Kevin Streelman, Colt Knost, and Joel Dahmen to capture the $20,000 top prize. Read More . . .
Chip Shots: Charles Barkley heads up TV crew for Tiger-Phil-Brady-Manning match; Women’s pro golf returns as Hyun Kyung Park wins one of Korea’s majors; LPGA Tour’s July restart pushed back one week; Phoning into telecast, President Trumpvoices wish for golf with fans in attendance; Latino lefty with one PGA Tour win, Ernie Gonzalez, passes away at age 59.
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