Palm Beach County Announces New PGA TOUR Event for COVID-19 Relief
14 May, 2020
The PGA TOUR announced that The Palm Beaches will serve as the host to the return of televised golf with TaylorMade Driving Relief, a $3 million charity skins match supported by UnitedHealth Group to raise money and awareness for the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation, two organizations helping to lead COVID-19 relief efforts. The match will be held Saturday, May 17 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach and will feature an all-star showdown of Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson versus Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.
All four golfers will donate their time for the 18-hole competition, with McIlroy/Johnson playing for the American Nurses Foundation and Fowler/Wolff playing for the CDC Foundation. “With four of the PGA TOUR’s top stars in Rory, Rickie, Dustin and Matthew of Team TaylorMade participating and UnitedHealth Group serving as the foundation of charitable giving, and Farmers Insurance providing an additional bonus pool, golf fans around the world can look forward to a unique, interactive and entertaining event that will help those in need," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.
The charity match marks the first time a golf event will be broadcast from Seminole Golf Club. Known often as a very private venue, the club is excited to open its doors to the benefit game. “Seminole Golf Club is honored to host this charitable event and welcomes all golf fans and sports enthusiasts to tune in to the broadcast to see these world-class players take on our course,” said Jimmy Dunne, President of Seminole Golf Club. “This match is a pure public service, with all money raised providing COVID-19 relief to those most in need in Florida and around the country, and Seminole is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause at this difficult time.”
As the United States continues efforts to reopen, The Palm Beaches are proud to ensure a safe return to sports as the event will follow all mandates from the city, county, and state. With the selection of Seminole Golf Club, the charity event adds yet another premier event to Palm Beach County's elite resume as Florida's Golf Capital®. The County is home to The Honda Classic (PGA Tour), Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the Boca Raton Championship (PGA Tour Champions), and several amateur championships including the NCAA Division III men's and women's tournaments.
“We’re grateful to the four exceptional PGA TOUR players for donating their time, as well as all the sponsors for helping elevate this unique fundraising event, which will feature the first worldwide broadcast of a golf competition from Seminole Golf Club," said Pete Bevacqua, President, NBC Sports Group.
The players have emphasized an excitement to return to action as they hope the event will offer fans much-desired sports entertainment. “It’s been difficult to witness what so many are enduring over the last several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m excited and thankful to TaylorMade and UnitedHealth Group for making this event possible and providing us with the opportunity to show our support of those on the frontlines. I hope that we can provide some respite and entertainment for those tuning in across the globe," said McIlroy. McIlroy, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, is no stranger to the dynamic courses and relaxed lifestyle that comes with living in Palm Beach County. Hear from the four-time Major champion in the video below as he talks about why he loves living in The Palm Beaches.
Fowler is also excited to be able to raise money for charity in the unique competition. “When I heard about this event, I couldn’t get involved fast enough. It’s special to be able to have an impact and raise charitable contributions through our sport and to do it with Matthew as a partner. I know how much I have missed sports and golf, especially, so to be one of the first events returning to television is very exciting and I’m proud to have Farmers, one of my sponsors, be a partner of this event as well," said Fowler.
As a nine-time event winner on the PGA Tour, Fowler certainly knows how to be successful at the highest level. In the video below, he talks about The Palm Beaches as the perfect place to live and train.
Live coverage of the TaylorMade Driving Relief will take place May 17 from 2-6 p.m. ET on NBC, GOLF Channel, NBCSN, Sky Sports and other PGA TOUR global media partners.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission - The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.