McIlroy, Johnson vs. Fowler, Wolff odds: 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief picks from dialed-in golf expert
Legendary golf expert Sal Johnson has locked in his picks for the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins contest between Rory McIlroy/Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler/Matthew Wolff.
World No. 1 and two-time FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy will team with 20-time PGA Tour winner and World No. 5 Dustin Johnson to take on fan favorite and five-time winner Rickie Fowler and 2019 NCAA individual champion Matthew Wolff on Sunday. The 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief, a team skins competition, will take place at the venerated Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. McIlroy and Johnson will compete for the American Nurses Foundation, while Fowler and Wolff will play on behalf of the CDC Foundation, with the $3 million purse going to the charities.
William Hill lists McIlroy and Johnson as -220 favorites, with Fowler and Wolff going off as +190 underdogs in the latest 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief odds. Before making any 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief picks, be sure to see the latest McIlroy/Johnson vs. Fowler/Wolff predictions from SportsLine's resident golf insider, Sal Johnson. His betting guide will help you make the best golf picks possible.
A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson is coming off a red-hot year on his golf picks that has continued into this season. He featured Woods in his best bets for the 2019 Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off victories. In the season-ending Tour Championship, he nailed it, pegging Koepka, McIlroy and Xander Schauffele as main contenders to come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, Schauffele was second and Koepka tied for third.
Johnson also has a strong feel for what it takes to win on courses in Florida. At the Honda Classic in March at Palm Beach Gardens, he tabbed Sungjae Im as one of his players to watch, and the 21-year-old notched his first PGA Tour win.
Johnson noted that the South Korean had played poorly on the West Coast last year before surging after the Tour hit Florida, and he expected him to repeat the pattern. "He has been uninspiring this year out West, so look for good things in the weeks to come," Johnson wrote. Im shot a final-round 66 to finish six-under par at PGA National.
Now, Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf statistics database, has released his highly confident 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief picks. You can head here to see them.
2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief expert analysis
McIlroy has had the attention of Johnson and the rest of the golf world since he broke onto the PGA Tour in 2007. The 31-year-old has been named PGA Tour Player of the Year three times and won the FedEx Cup twice. He also has won four major championships and owns 27 professional victories, including 18 on the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman leads the PGA in scoring average at 68.4 and has finished no lower than fifth in his five Tour events this season.
The big-hitting Johnson also has been on the golf guru's radar for some time, also turning pro in 2007. The 35-year-old won the U.S. Open in 2015 and has been one of the top golfers in the world for several years, ranking No. 1 for a total of 91 weeks. Minor knee surgery in September slowed him down, but he was fourth in both driving distance (312 yards) and strokes gained off the tee in 2019. He has finished in the top 10 in two of his four events this season.
Johnson has been keeping tabs on Wolff since he burst onto the scene with his first PGA Tour victory at the 3M Open less than two months after winning the NCAA title for Oklahoma State. He also made the putt to win the team title for the Cowboys in 2018, playing alongside fellow PGA player Viktor Hovland, and both were named to consecutive All-America teams. Wolff has struggled since winning in his third PGA start, but he is 21st on Tour in driving distance and 11th in shots gained off the tee.
Johnson has followed along as Fowler, who also was an All-America golfer at Oklahoma State, has racked up nine worldwide wins. The California native also has finished at least tied for third in each of the four majors, and he can get hot and make huge shots when least expected. The 31-year-old tied for 18th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational before the PGA Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he shot in the 60s in five of his eight rounds before that, though he missed the cut twice after poor opening rounds.
How to make 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief predictions
Sal Johnson knows bookmakers are high on McIlroy and Johnson. But he also knows skins games can involve luck as well as skill. He has also identified a critical X-factor that makes one of the teams a must-back. You can find out what it is, and get his detailed breakdown and picks, right here.
Who wins the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins competition 2020? And what critical X-factor will determine the winner? Visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson's full picks and betting guide for the 2020 TaylorMade Driving Relief event, from the insider who nailed the Tour Championship and knows what it takes to win in Florida, and find out.
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