With this report, GGP+ presents the second in a series of three stories this week that look back at how the golf world adapted through the pandemic in 2020. This is an early look for our valued subscribers.
Just more than two months after the world shut down, four elite golfers carried their own bags in a televised charity golf match at exclusive Seminole Golf Club on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It may not seem like a big deal in retrospect, but on May 17, 2020, when Rory McIlroy delivered the winning shot in a closest-to-the-pin playoff, it was a huge moment for a worldwide audience starved for distraction.
“They were aware that they were the vanguard for the return of sport,” said Jason Wessely, the director of golf for Sky Sports. “It feels like eons ago and it was only in May. At the time it felt nervy and new and risky.”
Rory McIlroy carries his own bag during the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins event on May 17, 2020. Photo: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images
That TaylorMade Driving Relief skins event, in partnership with the P…
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