Rory McIlroy Won, but Golf Shined in Its Live Return

Rory McIlroy had a sweeping finish in the charity skins match over Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, and Matthew Wolff in a marginal finale. Their sportsmanship enunciated the nation’s “We’re in this together” rhetoric.

In a striking display of a clinching shot, Rory McIlroy delivered his winning strike on Sunday, in the first televised competitive men’s golf in more than two months. Dustin Johnson, however, stole the spotlight of the match with his impeccable strokes.

Accompanied by a striking appearance, Dustin Johnson resorted to being his own Caddie, though he was far from a pro in this area!

Rory McIlroy Won, but Golf Shined in Its Live Return
Rory McIlroy Won, but Golf Shined in Its Live Return

Johnson ignored the sophisticated technology of the contemporary two-strap golf bag and had his clubs facing backward over one shoulder as if he were lugging a sack of laundry.

Last week, Johnson conceded that he couldn’t remember the last time he carried his own clubs. But he knew it took only one strap.

But most of all, Johnson swept the match by hitting in less than 10 seconds after someone else’s shot. On one tee, as Rickie Fowler was getting ready to beat last, Johnson had already marched at least 40 yards toward the hole.

It was moments like these, when some of the world’s best golfers seemed like just another weekend foursome — replete with the attendant idiosyncrasies — that the TaylorMade Driving Relief event came alive.

On one hole at the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., McIlroy bungled a greenside chip so severely the ball dribbled only five feet away. But in the spirit of the day, Johnson salvaged McIlroy by quickly shouting, “I got you covered, partner.”

One of the upsides of a crowd less gallery was the in-play banter and jabs, which were as entertaining as the match itself.

Rory McIlroy Won, but Golf Shined in Its Live Return
Rory McIlroy Won, but Golf Shined in Its Live Return

After a wayward drive by Wolff ended up far from the other golfers, McIlroy yelped, “Hey Matt, thanks for doing your part to social distance.”

Such banter contributed to the high spirits and scores of the match as Wolff retorted by riling up McIlroy. However, the veteran quipped, playfully, that, “I think you forget I won two FedEx Cups that totaled at $25 million.

That doesn’t faze me, youngster,” after successfully dropping the ball in the hole.

In the end, the match was tied after 18 holes. McIlroy ended the competition by knocking his ball slightly closer to the flagstick.

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