Truth and Rumors: A Tiger Masters win could cost travel company big bucks

The Great Tiger Giveaway Planning a European getaway in the near future? You might want to book it soon, because, according to the UK's Today's Golfer, one of Europe's biggest travel companies is making a big bet against the world's most famous golfer.

Thousands of traveling golfers will be cheering Tiger Woods on at Augusta next week after Your Golf announced it will be giving away free golf holidays if he records his fifth Masters victory.
No stranger to innovative promotions, one of Europe’s largest golf travel operators is promising to refund all holidays booked before The Masters, should Woods leave Augusta National on Sunday 10 April with a nap-hand of green jackets. And if Tiger returns to form in Augusta, Your Golf estimates it will be refunding holidays to the tune of £1.5million.
Only last year, Your Golf paid out more than £300,000 in refunds to customers after Spain triumphed in the FIFA World Cup, leaving many holidaying on the ‘Costa Nothing’.
I'm a sucker for gimmicks, and this one is darn good. I don't know how many people will book a trip with the hope that Tiger will win and make that vacation a free one, but if Woods' swing doesn't get straightened out in the next couple of weeks, every extra reservation is money in the bank. G-Mac Tweets His View at Augusta While some of golf's biggest names are tackling Redstone GC in Houston, others have taken the week off to get some more prep time at a slightly more famous course. Tuesday morning, reigning U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell tweeted a video of the exclusive view from the players' locker room balcony. Here, McDowell, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson take in the sights and sounds of Augusta National.

McDowell and Poulter -- both avid Tweeters -- have been at it all morning. Poulter posted a video from inside the locker room, and McDowell captured his drive up Magnolia Lane. Military-Golf Complex India is considered one of the biggest growth markets for golf, but it appears it's already well-established among the civilian and military elite. According to James Fontanella-Khan of the Financial Times, the Indian army is in hot water for allegedly running an illegal ring of private golf courses.

India’s national auditor has slammed the country’s army for turning large tracts of state military property into illegal privately run golf courses and leisure centres without paying rent to the government, costing the exchequer millions of dollars in lost revenue...
The CAG said a privately held company controlled by army officials ran 97 golf courses on more than 8,000 acres of land owned by the Ministry of Defence, the biggest government landowner.
It also revealed that army commanders had procured 27 golf carts two years ago by passing them off as mechanised wheelchairs for military hospitals and as track alignment reconnaissance vehicles for sapper units.
The private clubs, similar to those run by the British in the colonial era, were open to military personnel as well as to Indians and foreign nationals, for an annual membership fee.
This story begs plenty of questions, and my first one would be: How in the world can a government "not notice" nearly 100 golf courses being built and run on public land? On the other hand, India is a big, big country... Wie Back in the Top-10 Last week's Kia Classic shook up the LPGA rankings as players jockeyed for position before the first major of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship. One notable mover was Michelle Wie, who finished T7 after taking a full month off to finish her studies at Stanford.
Michelle Wie's strong finish at the LPGA's Kia Classic allowed her to return to the world women's golf Top 10.
Sandra Gal picked up her first professional win Sunday at the Kia Classic. That boosted her from 100th to No. 44 in the world rankings.
Wie tied for seventh and jumped from 11th to ninth. That shoved Paula Creamer down one spot to 10th while Park Inbee dropped from 10th to 11th. Those three golfers are within 0.07 average ranking points of each other.
I feel like watching Wie play well is like watching a deer drink from a pond. After the pressure from the media, her fans and her family seemed to have such a negative effect on her childhood early career, the last thing you want to do is run up and startle her. Things seem to be going well for Wie at the moment, so if we're all very, very quiet, we may get see Michelle unleash her full potential in the near future.

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by Kevin Cunningham