Pay-for-Play on the PGA? An interesting article by Steve Elling over at CBS Sports breaks down the expanding hidden market for teasing big names to play Tour stops. According to Elling, tournaments with big budgets are smashing the proverbial piggy to draw top players in the guise of "service" contracts and "ambassador" programs.
Welcome to July 4 week at the Greenbrier Classic, a third-year event that has become the living, breathing embodiment of the American way. Which is to say, when in doubt, throw a wheelbarrow of cash out there on the table and hope somebody takes the bait.
Indeed, Greenbacksbrier this week has a field that includes the two biggest draws on the tour, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who seemingly stand to make a healthy chunk of change by doing little more than showing up -- regardless of how they play.
Granted, the contract particulars are as hazy as the air during a Civil War battle, but the smoke surrounding the Woods and Mickelson appearances has been hard to avoid. While the deals and dollar figures remain unconfirmed -- and it will likely stay that way -- multiple sources have repeatedly cited the same numbers: Woods is drawing $1.5 million and Mickelson is getting $1 million.
A Really Big Break According to a press release issued by the Golf Channel, the winner will get a spot in next year's Greenbrier Classic.
LeDuff-ing his way through Detroit That's where Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff, reporting for FOX 2 of Detroit,
Back to the Future According to Nerd Reactor, but I'm sure Nintendo's website will tell you all about that. Tweet of the Day:
Marketing gurus throw around term called ROI (return on investment). Looking like Greenbacksbriar paid Phil $7K per shot to miss cut. Ouch.
— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) July 6, 2012