There was a sense of normality in the world of sport this weekend, with live action from the Bundesliga and a return to competitive golf. Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy claimed the win in the first televised competition, as they won the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The competition took place over 19 holes as Seminole Golf Club, with McIlroy claiming the win for his side in the nearest-the-pin challenge, which saw his team win the $1.1 million fund. Johnson and McIlroy seemed to have the majority of the game their own way, as they managed to beat Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler in the charity match.
Sights On Social Distancing Measures Between McIlroy And Johnson
It was the first time that golf has been back on the television for fans around the world, and there was as much scrutiny on the protocols that they players had to adhere to as there was on the quality of golf that was on display. It was also an unusual backdrop, with no fans in sight. The silence was deafening, but shows how the majority of sports event will be before a vaccine for COVID-19 is found.
It was at least a welcome sight to have golf action back, as fans wouldn’t have been able to see the best players in the world since The Players Championship was cancelled at the first round. All of the players had to carry their own bags and pick their own clubs, which meant that they were unable to blame the caddies for making a wrong decision. The only other person on the course was the referee, who was the only man in attendance that was able to touch the flags. However, while it was a welcome sight to see golf back, it’s important to remember the reason why the players were playing. It was revealed that over $4 million was raised throughout the competition, with all proceeds going towards healthcare charities in the USA.
Rory McIlroy Favourite For The Masters
Donald Trump made headlines on Sunday evening, as he revealed that he wants ‘big crowds’ for The Masters in November. His revelation came as he outlined plans for sport to get back to normal. The betting markets for The Masters have been open at BetOnline.ag for a number of weeks now, and McIlroy remains the heavy favourite at +700.
It has been six years since McIlroy’s last success in a major, and he is yet to win The Masters. The closest that he came to winning the major came five years ago as he finished fourth. However, he will remain the heavy favourite after he has been in excellent form over the past 12 months. There is also money in the market for Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Koepka is priced at +1400, and will also be looking for a first win in the major. He has previously won the PGA Championship and U.S Open on two occasions, which highlights that his major form could make him a shrewd ante-post choice for gamblers.