A charity golf event pitting U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson against four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will reportedly come to a close before it begins. The Nov. 29 event in the Philippines has been canceled, according to a ABS-CBN News report.
Businessman Salvador “Buddy” Zamora and his event organizers announced Thursday that the organization Creative Artists Agency had breached its contract, causing the cancellation. CAA was contracted to serve as a liaison between the event organizers and the two players.
“We were very excited to bring this event to the Philippines,” Zamora said in a statement. “It would have been the start of bigger things for Philippine golf. However, circumstances beyond our control caused this cancellation.”
Many were looking forward to the matchup, particularly those in the Philippines that rarely see stars of this caliber. A junior golf academy has recently been created to help aspiring Filipino golfers and the European Tour is planning a 2018 stop at Puerto Azul Golf & Country Club.
Although golf’s version of the Thrilla in Manila is canceled, we’ll always have Ali vs. Frazier. Here’s a highlight reel from that epic match.