Live golf has returned, so let's give it a (social-distanced) golf clap

 Seminole's par-3 17th where Sunday's match was decided
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The highly anticipated return of live televised golf came on Sunday with the team of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy taking on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a charity skins match at Seminole Golf Club and was a welcomed sight to golf fans starved for live action. Let’s preface this with a socially distanced golf clap for all involved as they raised more than $5.5 million for charity.

This made for television special event brought about some relatable moments rarely seen on normal PGA Tour broadcasts. In a brief display of rust on the par-4 10th, McIlroy yanked an approach towards the water followed by a flubbed chip that brought about a been there done that sense to those tuning in at home. That notion was quickly dispelled to the tune of 350-yard drives by the Northern Irishman for the remainder of the afternoon.

World-class players cleaning clubs after shots played and carrying their golf bags was certainly a novelty and fun to witness. The match even had a funny moment on the 18th hole, where after splitting the fairway on his drive, DJ forgot he was carrying his own bag. Old habits.

Then there was the player banter throughout the afternoon as the foursome wore mics. Rory charged out of the gates reminding everyone of his two FedExCup titles while Rickie was sure to wave to the imaginary crowd after sinking his putts. From there we heard a lot of players asking where their ball ended up, questioning how their putt turned that direction or their bunker shot checked, all while donations continued to climb.

In the end, a poor shot by Fowler on the par-3 17th which the players returned to for a closest to the pin tiebreaker, left the door wide open for McIlroy to seal the deal. In addition to the competition, Sunday had a little bit of everything from broadcast interviews with President Trump and Bill Murray, to Mark Russell, the most recognizable rules official in the game, fulfilling caddie duties by pulling pins in his patented slacks and button-down shirt.

Next up is Tiger and Phil on Sunday as they go toe-to-toe for a second bout, this time with Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in tow. We’ll see what kind of entertainment those four huge sport icons can conjure up on Sunday.

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Colin McDonald joined Buffalo Groupe in January of 2019. He began his career in golf with the American Junior Golf Association in 2015 and managed communications for the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open and American Express as well as the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular-season finale, the WinCo Foods Portland Open. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Colin can often be found on the golf course where he enjoys competing in amateur events. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.