Say what you want about Tiger’s personal life and his golf game, but his charitable efforts are still going strong. Last weekend the likes of John Mayer and Keith Urban performed at Tiger Jam 2011 at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in an effort to raise money for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The night’s festivities also featured a silent auction and a chance to chat with none other than MC Hammer. The approximately $750,000 raised at the event will go to help kids in need. Here’s a clip from the concert:
McIlroy defends decision to skip Players Championship There was quite a bit of hubbub over Rory McIlroy’s failure to include the suppposed fifth major, The Players Championship, in his schedule this year, but the young superstar recently defended his decision with no reservations.
“It is a year-on-year thing. If I played the Players, the US Open would be my sixth week in seven. That would be a lot of golf for me. I have said I don’t want to play more than three in a row. It is too much golf for me. I get a little lazy and lethargic if I play more than three in a row. I want to prepare well for the US Open so I had to get rid of an event and it is the Players, simple as that.
Though McIlroy gave up his Tour card after just one year of full-time membership, in part because he wanted to be closer to home, he indicated that he sees himself becoming a PGA Tour member again one day:
I see myself becoming a member of this tour at some point in the future. As my career progresses and I get older I may get a home in this country which would make it easier to play over here.
The Players Director hungry to expand scope of tourney Matt Rapp has been executive director of The Players Championship for just over a year but is raising some eyebrows with his initiatives to increase the prestige and revenue of the famed tournament. Since the date moved from March to May, Rapp dealt with complaints about he heat and dirty toilets, but also focused on getting major businesses in the Jacksonville area to support the tournament. After reaching out to 22 companies that weren’t involved, the result has been twice as many area sponsors, significantly increased ticket sales and millions of extra dollars for charity.
“This should be Jacksonville’s Kentucky Derby,” says Rapp.
As to the previous complaints, Rapp spent $250,000 to provide luxury, air-conditioned restrooms called “crowd pleasers,” as well as “cool zones,” with big screen TVs and plenty of shade so patrons can relax and enjoy some refreshments. TWEET OF THE DAY @BradFaxon: In 27 yrs on Tour, have never seen this! Players wives toilets! Only at Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow!