Fans were treated to some live golf Sunday as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson teamed up to beat Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins game at Seminole Golf Club.
The TaylorMade Driving Relief charity match had a $3 million purse that served as a fundraiser for those affected by the coronavirus.
The two sides each started with $500,000 and were playing for $50,000 to $500,000 per hole in the best-ball format. However, the skins format built the final-hole value to $1.1 million, which wasn't settled until a closest-to-the-hole tiebreaker on 17.
McIlroy won on the final shot, giving him and Johnson a total of 11 skins and $1.85 million, which will go to the American Nurses Foundation. The Fowler-Wolff duo ended up with $1.15 million from their seven skins, going to the CDC Foundation.
TaylorMade, Farmers Insurance and others also donated bonus money based on birdies, eagles and long drives during the day.
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Though the match was an exhibition for charity, the format was designed to increase the stakes as the day progressed.
According to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports, the first six holes were worth $50,000 each, while the next 10 were worth $100,000 each. The momentum grew at 17 with $200,000 on the line before an 18th hole worth $500,000.
In a skins game, a tie on any hole also carries the value to the next hole.
This was seen right out of the gate with the two sides halving each of the first two holes. A birdie by Johnson on No. 3 finally ended the streak and secured three skins and a $150,000 in the process.
There was a lot more pressure down the stretch as the teams tied on each hole from 13 to 18, worth a combined $1.1 million.
The rules stated the match would come down to a closest-to-the-pin contest on 17th, which saw McIlroy narrowly edge Wolff for the win.
McIlroy and Johnson didn't have a better score on any hole after No. 6 and both missed a chance to seal the victory on 18, but they were still able to secure the victory.
This was despite the fact that Fowler and Wolff were able to get most of the big-money shots throughout the day:
Fowler was especially impressive with seven birdies in the round, although his opponents were able to keep stride when it mattered most.
Having the players mic'd up made the event even more enjoyable for those watching at home.
Sunday's contest was the first televised golf competition since The Players Championship in March, before the PGA season was put on hold due to the coronavirus. McIlroy (No. 1 player in the world), Johnson (No. 5) and Fowler (No. 27) provided plenty of star power, while Wolff showed what he could do as an emerging player in the sport.
It helped provide the players and fans with added excitement as they await a return to full-time golf action.