McIlroy, Johnson Stun Fowler & Wolff in Playoff to Win Charity Skins Match
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson beat Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief Charity Skins game on Sunday afternoon at Seminole Golf Club in Florida.
McIlroy won the match in a closest to the pin playoff hole when he put his tee shot inside Matt Wolff’s to grab six skins and $1.1 million.
McIlroy and Johnson won a total of 11 skins, while Fowler and Johnson had seven skins.
Prior to that, McIlroy and Johnson had not won a skin since the sixth hole.
Overall, $5,503,959 was raised for Covid-19 relief.
Drama on 18
After several holes were halved, the 18th hole was worth $1.1 million dollars and six skins.
Wolff put his tee shot in the bunker, while McIlroy, Fowler and Johnson put their shots in the fairway.
Fowler missed the green on his approach, while Wolff was on safely, but was along way away from the cup.
McIlroy and Johnson put their second shots to about 12 and 15 feet respectively.
Fowler chipped out of a bunker, but ended up picking up his ball with his partner on the green.
Wolff’s long put nearly went in, stopping just short of the hole, setting the stage for McIlroy or Johnson to close the match.
However, both men missed their putts sending the match to a sudden death closest to the pin on the 17th hole.
Fowler, Wolff Take Control
Through six holes the match was looking like it was going to be a blowout.
McIlroy and Johnson had racked up five skins for $250K, while Fowler and Wolff notched just one skin for $50K.
However, the whole matched flipped on the ninth hole.
After the two teams halved the seventh and eighth holes, meaning the skins carried over, Fowler knocked in a birdie putt on nine worth three skins.
Through nine, Fowler and Wolff had four skins worth $350K, while McIlroy and Johnson remained at five skins worth $250K.
After the tenth hole was halved, Fowler drained a 20 foot birdie putt on 11 to add two more skins, giving the boys from Oklahoma State a total of six skins for $550K.
Fowler would clinch another skin on the 12th hole after McIlroy’s birdie putt lipped out and Fowler converted a short birdie putt. It was now 7-5 in skins and $650K to $250K.
The match would remain that way until the end.