McIlroy to headline first mixed edition of ‘The Match’

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Rory McIlroy will feature in the first mixed edition of “Capital One’s The Match” in Florida next month.

McIlroy will face US Ryder Cup player Max Homa, Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang in a 12-hole skins event at The Park on February 26.

All four players will use the same tee for the par three holes with the remaining eight holes being played off different tees for men and women.

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Each hole played will be worth a specified amount for charity and the player who raises the most funds will be declared the winner.

“I’m so excited to play in The Match,” Zhang told Sports Illustrated. “I’ve enjoyed watching this franchise over the years. I’m honoured to tee it up alongside Rory, Max and Lexi and know we’ll have a blast raising money to help make the game more accessible for all.”

McIlroy has featured in previous editions of the match, partnering Tiger Woods against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in December 2022.

The contest is scheduled to get underway at 11.35pm GMT.

The Match just adds to McIlroy’s busy pre-Masters schedule as he gears up for another tilt at the career grand slam at Augusta National.

The Holywood clubman has already confirmed he will play next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from February 1-4 ahead of the Genesis Invitational from February 15-18, then will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational from March 7-10 before The Players the following week.

He has also confirmed he will play in the Valero Texas Open.

 

 

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