Tiger Woods vs Rory McIlroy in charity golf match this Tuesday

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas will battle Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas for the Payne's Valley Cup...

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Mon, 21 Sep 2020

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas will take on Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in a special exhibition match for charity on Tuesday, and it will be shown live on Sky Sports Golf. 

Given the 2020 Ryder Cup was due to take place at Whistling Straits this week before being postponed for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Woods and Thomas will be representing Team USA and McIlroy and Rose will be competing for Team Europe. 

The match will even cover all formats of a Ryder Cup over the 18 holes, with better ball for the opening six holes, foursomes from holes 7 to 12 and singles on the closing six holes.

Should the match finish all square at 18, there will be a "closest the pin" challenge on the 202-yard "Johnny Morris" 19th hole to decide the winning team. 

 

 

Woods should fancy his chances of playing well with the match being staged at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri, the first golf course designed by Woods' TGR Design team. 

The Payne's Valley Cup match will be raising money for the Payne Stewart Family Foundation - a foundation that supports beneficiaries that were vitally important to the late three-time major winner Stewart, including Kids Across America, the AJGA and The First Tee.

"Payne's Valley is the first public golf course that I have designed. I couldn't be prouder of how it turned out," said Woods. 

"It was an honour for me and my TGR Design team to work with Johnny Morris and Big Cedar Lodge on this spectacular golf course. I am thrilled that it will be featured during the Payne's Valley Cup."

You can watch the action unfold on Sky Sports Golf from 7pm. The tournament will be staged without spectators and follow the same protocols that have been deployed by the PGA Tour in recent times as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

On last week's US Open evidence, the match should be a close one with both Thomas and McIlroy finishing tied eighth at Winged Foot, and Woods and Rose both missing the cut. 

 

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