For the first time in over a decade, exhibition golf is returning to primetime television, according to the Associated Press. (And we couldn’t be more excited!)
The report says that Quicken Loans is finalizing the details for a match between Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler that will take place at Detroit Golf Club on June 7, the Tuesday before U.S. Open week begins at Oakmont Country Club.
Unlike the exhibitions of the late 90s, this one will be broadcast under the lights once the sun goes down. Golf Channel will televise the first two hours live, and then CBS will take the 9-11pm spot. Most of the back nine is expected to be broadcast under lights, but it’s not clear how many holes exactly.
There’s also supposed to be a celebrity component to the exhibition, with a “Team Rory” against “Team Rickie,” but the celebrities and format are still to be determined.
McIlroy is ranked no. 3 in the world, while Fowler is no. 4.
If you’re like me and my friends and family, you loved watching the reruns of exhibitions, like Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, from the 80s and 90s. Those made me wonder why more of those aren’t played anymore (and while there are likely many answers to that question, we won’t get into that now). So, hearing this news feels like Christmas in February!
The McIlroy-Fowler match will be the first primetime exhibition in America since the Tiger Woods-led Monday Night Golf events, which last aired in 2005.