The TaylorMade Driving Relief golf event at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach on Sunday served many purposes, but none more important than raising over 5-Million Dollars for COVID-19 relief. For the PGA stars involved, it was a taste of what will be the new normal.
"It's a different setting than what we're used to," admitted the # 1 ranked golfer in the world Rory McIlroy. "But we got those competitive juices flowing again."
McIlroy proved he can still come through in the clutch by winning the charity skins match, sticking his 'closest to the pin' playoff hole within 13 feet, earning him and Dustin Johnson $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation.
"It would have been nice to give my partner a high five," said McIlroy, "But obviously we can't in these times."
As players got used to social distancing, TV viewers get used to no fans and no cheers from the crowd when their favorite players teed off. But 'teeing off' live golf again gave us all a feel for what's 'the new normal' in pro golf.
"When we go back out, this is how it's going to be for a little bit," said the Dustin Johnson, the 5th ranked golfer in the world. "For the most part there's not going to be any fans, it's just going to be us and some TV cameras. So it was nice for us to get out and kind of see and feel what it will be like."
"I'm obviously excited for live sports to come back," said Rickie Folwer, who played with PGA Tour rookie Matthew Wolff in the event. "Sports is a big part of life and culture in the U.S. and around the world, but obviously we want to make sure we're being as safe as possible."
The PGA Tour's first event back since the global pandemic will be the Charles Schwab Challenge starting on June 11.