Golfer Organizes Secret Golf Match Play Series For COVID-19 Relief
Golfer Steve Elkington and his partners have created the "Secret Golf Match Play Series for COVID-19 Relief," which will "consist of up to six matches that will be played prior to the continuation of the PGA Tour season," according to Adam Schupak of GOLFWEEK. The matches are "expected to be shown on television -- negotiations are ongoing and event production is pending discussions with the PGA Tour -- and streamed via the Internet to a global audience along with a companion app that includes exclusive behind the scenes and interactive content." Among those "committed to partake in the stroke-play matches" are Marc Leishman, Jason Dufner, Russell Knox, Andrew Landry, Ryan Palmer and Pat Perez. Each has been "allowed to challenge a player of their choice to face them that may not be on its roster of more than 30 tour pros, male and female." Potential women Secret Golf ambassadors include Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome and Gerina Piller. Elkington said that the matchups will all be at "private venues that are closed to the public." Schupak noted players will "wear microphones as they talk, interact and informally educate fans about the shots they are going to hit and just hit." Elkington "will provide on-course commentary and color throughout the match." Proceeds from these events "will go to the charitable foundations of participating players as well as the United Way Pandemic Relief Fund" (GOLFWEEK.com, 4/7).