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TaylorMade Driving Relief Odds: McIlroy & Johnson vs Fowler & Wolff

Charity Skins Game McIlroy Johnson Fowler Wolff Odds
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The 2019-20 PGA Tour season is not scheduled to return until June, but professional golfers are becoming creative to give fans some entertainment in the meantime – and oddsmakers are getting in on the fun, too.

On May 4, the official announcement for the “TaylorMade Driving Relief” event was made. The charity skins game will take place on May 17 and will be televised live from Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida.

The event features PGA Tour pros Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson teaming up to take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff. According to Bovada, McIlroy and Johnson are the heavy favorites to emerge triumphant in the Sunshine State.

TaylorMade Driving Relief Odds

Rory McIlroy & Dustin Johnson-225
Rickie Fowler & Matthew Wolff+170

Odds as of May 15 at Bovada

Plenty of Charity Money On the Line

The one-day match features a $3-million purse provided by the UnitedHealth Group, with all of the money going to the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation to aid in their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $1 million is being donated by Farmers Insurance for a birdie and eagle pool that will go to Off Their Plate, an organization that provides meals to health-care workers.

The 18-hole match will be televised by NBC, Golf Channel, Sky Sports and NBCSN. Free streaming will be available on PGA Tour Live, GOLFTV, GolfPass and Golf Channel.

The announcement for the TaylorMade Driving Relief event comes on the heels of “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a two-on-two match featuring Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, which is also slated to occur in Florida in May.

Tirico Set to Call the Event From Home

To comply with safety measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of TaylorMade Driving Relief said strict safety measures will be taken, including no spectators and FDA-approved testing to ensure the health and safety of the golfers and production crew.

That includes the broadcast team, which will feature NBC golf anchor Mike Tirico leading the commentary from his home in Michigan. Analysts Paul Azinger and Rich Lerner will join Tirico from an off-site production facility. Commentators Gary Koch, Jerry Foltz and Steve Sands will be at Seminole to provide live updates.

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Can Fowler and Wolff Pull Off the Upset?

Considering McIroy and Johnson are Nos. 1 and 5 in the world golf rankings, respectively, it’s no surprise to see the duo as the heavy favorites in the skins event. McIlroy and Johnson have five major championships and 38 PGA Tour wins between them, while Fowler and Wolff have a combined zero majors and only six tour victories.

Wolff is undoubtedly the outsider here. The 21-year-old won the 2019 NCAA Division I individual championship at Oklahoma State before bursting onto the professional scene last year. Wolff, who turned pro last June, earned his first PGA Tour victory at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in July.

Known for his incredibly unique swing, Wolff has all the makings of a future star in the golfing world. If he and Fowler can beat McIlroy and Johnson in the skins event, it would certainly help to elevate his status on the tour.