A Secret Golf Match Play Series has taken shape and will be contested before the new PGA Tour schedule resumes, all in aid of relief contribution for the Covid-19 pandemic.
As reported on Golfweek, players from the PGA Tour such as Marc Leishman, Jason Dufner, Russell Knox, Andrew Landry, Ryan Palmer and Pat Perez, who are all familiar with the Secret Golf concept, have confirmed their participation in the series.
The concept is based on Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf and will involve six matches, which the PGA Tour organisers are planning to broadcast live on television as well as stream online to a larger global audience.
Former tour winner Steve Elkington, who is the mastermind behind this modern-day version, said the matches will be held at private courses with players wearing microphones to engage with fans back home while they’re busy playing.
‘There are guys who make a lot of noise like Pat Perez and those who are more discreet and pick their spot. Jason Dufner is a real quiet and stoic guy, but in our group you can’t shut him up. It just depends who his audience is. He’s like a parrot that never talks when you ask him to talk,’ said Elkington.
With not much at stake, the contest will allow the players to reactive their competitive nature on the course during the time of isolation and lockdowns.
Elkington will guide the online commentary, while the players carry their own bags and adhere to the social-distancing regulations that are currently in place.
‘We’re going to ham it up. You never get to hear what the Tour player is thinking right after he hits a shot. We’re going to ask them what happened – good or bad?’