Rory McIlroy: I Won't Play Golf With Trump

Monday, 18 May, 2020

The protocols are similar to that unveiled by the PGA Tour this week: everyone at the course will be tested for coronavirus and asked to submit questionnaires and have temperature checks; social distancing will be enforced; and there will be no fans present.

"I'm looking to go out there and show everyone that I can compete with all them", Wolff said Thursday in a conference call promoting the charity event at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, expected to raise millions for organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is finally an opportunity to see a live sporting event, even if the outcome is of no effect.

"The athletes will be tested very carefully and the people that want to can be tested very carefully", he said. Been looking at it the best way possible.

"I was just doing what I felt was respectful and the president of the United States phones you up and wants to play golf with you, you know, I wasn't going to say no". Each player will play their own ball and the lowest score on each hole wins the skin for their team.

With all money going to charity, both teams will start with $500,000 (£413,000/€462,000) in the banks with the victor of each of the first six individual holes gaining $50,000 (£41,300/€46,200) for their team with the next 10 holes each being worth $100,000 (£83,000/€92,000).

McIlroy and Johnson are playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff are playing for the CDC Foundation. 1-6 will be worth $50,000 each, while Nos.

In the event of any ties, the dollar values will carry over from hole to hole. The par-3 17th is worth $200,000 and then the 18th is worth a whopping $500,000 to the victor.

Rickie Fowler will team with fellow Oklahoma State alumni Matthew Wolff
Rickie Fowler will team with fellow Oklahoma State alumni Matthew Wolff

For McIlroy, after a seven-week break from the game which he broke last week by hitting his first practice shots since The Players Championship was abandoned after one round on Mar 12, this team skins showdown will represent a competitive return, of sorts.

The total amount on the line is $3 million.

Additional bonus money will be awarded for birdies, eagles and a hole-in-one.

The event will take place on Sunday May 17.

"It's definitely exciting just to play, " Johnson said.

"We have a responsibility to ourselves and all the other players to stay safe and stay healthy".

"He has something. He obviously has something or he wouldn't be in the White House, right?" "We really want to see it back to normal so when we have all these thousands, tens of thousands of people going to your majors and going to golf tournaments, we want them to be having that same experience".