Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Pay the man Tiger Woods is set to defend his title at the Australian Masters, the last tournament he won before his
scandal hit the public eye last year. It won't surprise you to hear
that getting Tiger to the outback requires paying him an enormous
appearance fee. What might surprise you is who ends up footing that bill (from Thomas Hunter at The Sydney Morning Herald).

Tiger Woods is coming back to Melbourne for this year’s Australian
Masters but Victorian taxpayers, who are covering part of his
appearance fee, will never know how much they’re paying for the
privilege, says Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding.
Mr Holding said revealing the figure would give interstate governments
and other locations the chance to match or exceed the bid and lure the
star from Victoria.
"[Tiger's fee] won’t be made public," he told Radio 3AW.
‘‘We work very hard to secure these events and we don’t want to bid the
price up by disclosing the exact amounts.’’
It is understood Woods commands a $3 million appearance fee. It was
widely reported the Victorian government paid $1.5 million of the
golfer’s fee last year, despite Mr Holding saying today the exact
amount would not be made public.
The tournament prize money last year was $270,000.
He said the expense was ‘‘infinitesimal’’ compared to the economic
benefit which flowed the Woods’ appearance, with audited figures
showing his performance at last year’s Australian Masters earned the
state $34 million, exceeding forecasts by more $15 million.

notable exceptions

Ballot Buster newest qualifiers chosen the former
...When I look at the ballot, a name jumps at me, and that should be enough. I know enough about the careers to know basic win totals and major championships. The resume is there already, and if I'm not familiar with it, then I haven't been doing my job and am not qualified to vote.
With that being said, Els is a Hall of Famer, no doubt. He won two U.S. Opens in a relatively short period of time and fairly early in his career. Els won the third major and a different one, the 2002 British Open Championship. 
Els has been an elite golfer for the better part of 15 years. He was No. 1 in the world for a period of time, and perhaps more importantly, there was a good chunk of time where he was the clear No. 2 to Tiger Woods.
Mark my words, that will be just as important as being No. 1.
That's the difference between Els and Goosen. Truthfully, not being the second-best player isn't a benchmark as to whether you get in the Hall of Fame. Goosen was a great player for the middle part of the 2000s and that's admirable.
He doesn't have the longevity of Els. When the two were in their primes, Els was a world-class player who could be the best. Was Goosen? Hard to say he wasn't since he won two U.S. Opens, and truthfully, two of the hardest U.S. Opens any eyes have witnessed.

But Goosen never struck me as someone who should be favored in every major he teed it up in. Again, no formula for me, but my gut says no for Goosen.

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