5 Things to Watch For: Charity Skins Game

A big weekend for professional golf, and just the return of sports in general, as Rickie Fowler will team with Matt Wolff to take on Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in a charity skins game. 

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It will be the first LIVE golf event since the PGA, LPGA and PGA Champions halted their seasons in March due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus. 

The match will take place at Seminole Golf Club in Florida starting at 2 p.m. 

NBC, Golf Channel and NBCN will provide coverage. 

Here are 5 things to watch for: 

Rory McIlroy PHOTO: Pro Golf Clubs/Flickr Commons
  1. Seminole Golf Club

Do you know what Seminole Golf Club looks like? 

Not too many people do, because it has never been on TV before – until Sunday. 

“The fact that a course that has NEVER ranked outside the top 20 in the country has really never been seen by most is amazing–and just adds charm to the event,” wrote PGA Pro Mike Bradshaw in a recent column on GolfNewsRI. 

Seminole is a private Donald Ross designed course which will host the Walker Cup in 2021. 

The course, designed in 1929, spans 6,836 yards and is a par 72. 

It is home to celebrities like Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald.

2. Restrictions

There are restrictions on the game of golf everywhere and it will be no different on Sunday for the pros. 

The biggest one, and maybe most noticeable, is that there will be no caddies and the players will be carrying their own bags. 

They will also figuring out their distances just like we do, using yardages marked on the course or a laser. 

Other restrictions that the pros will be following is that they will not be raking bunkers or taking the flagsticks out of the holes. 

Also, expect to see plenty of hand sanitizer on the tee boxes. 

Players will be carrying Sunday bags, like this one. PHOTO: Ryan Criere/Flickr Commons

3. Rickie’s New Irons

Rickie Fowler will be showing off a new set of irons on Sunday. 

According to Golf.com, Fowler’s new irons look like the “RF Protos” that he put in play near the end of last year, but instead of a steel finish, they have a bronze-gold finish. 

Golf.com reports that the process of creating these irons started two years ago. 

It will be fun to see what they look like and how well he hits them during the match. 

Rickie Fowler will debut new irons on Sunday. PHOTO: Michael Stokes/Flickr Commons

4. Matt Wolff’s Golf Swing

It is safe to say that Matt Wolff does not have a normal golf swing. 

HIs front foot comes way up, almost like a baseball player getting ready to swing the bat, and then he has a huge shoulder turn and awkward looking down swing. 

But it works. 

Watch a breakdown of his golf swing below

5. What are the Odds?

Interested in putting some money down on Sunday’s match? 

As of Saturday, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson are the betting favorites at -225, according to Bovada. 

Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff are underdogs at +170. 

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