17 May 2020 20:40

Rory McIlroy hits the first live golf shot in 66 days on Sky Sports.

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Rory McIlroy strikes first shot live on Sky Sports for 66 days, and finds the fairway! Rory McIlroy hits the first live golf shot in 66 days on Sky Sports. Golf is back on Sky Sports! And it was Rory McIlroy who had the honour of hitting the first shot seen live on our TV screens since coronavirus changed the world. Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland location Courses View More Courses Locations View More Locations No results found.

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Please try another search. Search McIlroy was first on the tee in the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity skins match, which aims to raise around $4m for various healthcare charities in the United States. The world No 1 partnered Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the made-for-television exhibition match under sunny skies at the historic Seminole Golf Club in Florida. Players had to carry their own bags It was the first time we had seen any live professional golf on our screens since The Players Championship was abandoned after just one round in March, after which a near-global shutdown of golf was implemented. The match at Seminole featured every strict social distancing protocol, with the players all carrying their own bags while activity elsewhere was minimal, with just a handful of cameramen and other officials permitted on the course.

McIlroy & DJ v Fowler & Wolff Live on McIlroy only returned to practice two weeks ago, but he showed little sign of rust on the opening tee as a confident swipe with the driver sent his ball on a perfect line and a distance of 320 yards. It was a fairly average drive for Rory, but a massive drive in the grand scheme of things! theScore is covering the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins game live (all times ET). Pull down the page to refresh. Live Scores McIlroy-Johnson: $750,000 Fowler-Wolff: $550,000 Hole Winner Stake 1 Tied with pars $50K 2 Tied with pars $100K 3 DJ-Rory win with birdie $150K 4 Fowler-Wolff win with birdie $50K 5 DJ-Rory win with par $50K 6 DJ-Rory win with birdie $50K 7 Tied with birdies $100K 8 $200K Hole 7: On the short par 4, Johnson drives it through the fairway into the water. The other three all stick their approach shots with Fowler and McIlroy exchanging birdies. Hole 6: McIlroy plays the hole perfectly. After a massive drive, he flips a wedge shot to within a few feet and knocks in the birdie putt. The DJ-Rory duo adds its fifth skin. The next 10 holes are worth $100,000 each. Hole 5: Fowler and Wolff gift the hole by failing to get up and down on the par-3 fifth. McIlroy and Johnson win their fourth skin. Hole 4: Fowler comes up clutch with a dart into the fourth green. After McIlroy fails to convert a birdie effort, Fowler drains his to get on the board. Hole 3: First par 5 of the day. Wolff plays himself out of it with an errant drive. Johnson hits a delicate bunker shot to set up a tap-in birdie. Fowler can't answer, and the first three skins are awarded to McIlroy-Johnson. Hole 2: Wolff crushes his drive to win the long-drive contest for a $100,000 bonus. Only Johnson and Wolff found the green in regulation, but their putters remain cold. The third hole is now worth three skins for $150,000. Hole 1: And they're off! Wolff was the only member of the group to miss the fairway. McIlroy and Fowler both missed makeable birdie opportunities on No. 1 to see the skin carry over to the second hole. You can watch live in the U.S. on NBC, Golf Channel, and NBCSN, and on TSN3 in Canada. And if you're looking for something to read, check out our profile of Matthew Wolff, Sunday's unfamiliar face who deserves your attention.

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