In case you were at Quail Hollow Monday and curious as to why Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy were dressed as astronauts at the driving range: Neither is planning a lunar landing anytime soon.
The two golfers were doing a promotion for Omega, the luxury sports-watch maker with which they both have endorsement deals. The promo was to celebrate the anniversary of the Speedmaster watch, which Omega launched in 1957.
Buzz Aldrin wore the Speedmaster during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, making it the first watch on the moon, according to a statement from Omega, which has been a sponsor of the PGA Championship for seven years now.
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“I had a lot of fun today with Sergio, and wearing the suits gave the impression of being on the moon. Definitely a fun way to start the week with Omega, ahead of the PGA here in Charlotte,” said McIlroy, who has won twice at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, in 2010 and 2015.
Throughout the week at Quail Hollow, a “lunar rover” will be moved around the golf course, challenging fans to find its daily location and offering a photo opportunities, Omega said.
The 99th PGA Championship is Charlotte’s first-ever golf major. Practice rounds are going on now through Wednesday, then tournament play runs Thursday through Sunday.
Sergio Garcia, who won the Master’s in April, tees off 8:15 a.m. Thursday on the 10th hole with Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka. McIlroy tees off at 1:35 p.m. from the first with Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm.