By petedirenzo
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hyundai Tournament of Chump-ions? It's no secret that Tour pros (especially European Tour pros and guys named Tiger and Phil) are getting increasingly picky about what tournaments they're willing to play these days. Still, you'd think that the prospect of a vastly limited field, a $5.6 million purse, and warm Hawaiian beaches would be more than enough to attract even the most elusive pro golfer. For the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, that just isn't the case. From NBC's Ryan Ballengee:

Unfortunately, they won’t really get their wish. Few of the big names who made 2010 unforgettable are remembering to play at Kapalua next week.
Phil Mickelson will send his regular regrets to not attend. PGA Champion (and birthday boy on Tuesday) Martin Kaymer has better things to do in Spain. Rory McIlroy isn’t taking the flight. Lee Westwood? No, thanks.
Even Open Champion – and new PGA Tour member – Louis Oosthuizen said no.
Among the Euros, many of whom were competing into December, want a longer rest than just a month. And that means the PGA Tour’s season start is hurt as much of the international elite now starts their year in the Arabian desert.
lovely this time of year Trumped Golf Trump brand provides the premium
Trump has acquired nine golf properties in the U.S., including four since 2008, after mostly steering clear of using his own money to buy real estate since 2005. In July, he started building a 750 million-pound ($1.15 billion) luxury golf course and resort in Scotland. Trump says that putting his name on the courses increases membership sales and the fees he can charge.
Trump is expanding his golf holdings as the number of private clubs in the U.S. fell to 4,256 this year, down 3.4 percent from 2008, according to the National Golf Foundation. In addition to owning courses, he also stars in “Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf” on the Golf Channel, which starts its second season Jan 31.
The Trump name hasn’t prevented a decline in initiation fees at Trump clubs as the recession weighs on consumers’ discretionary spending. At the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, for example, initiation fees have dropped as low as $150,000 today from as high as $300,000 before the recession, Donald Trump said.
infuriating entire counties Tweet of the Day
@Kris BlanksKris_Blanks: I have a house full of junk food and liquor and I just ate a banana with an amino vital supplement drink. I had better play good next year!

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