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Woods Acknowledges Appearance Fee Played A Factor In Tournament Choice
Published January 24, 2012
WHO HAS IT RIGHT? ESPN golf experts debated Woods’ start for the ’12 season, and with many top players receiving appearance fees for playing in Abu Dhabi, the question is “which tour has it right?” ESPN.com Senior Golf Writer Michael Collins said, “Obviously the European Tour. They play for less than half the purses on a weekly basis but more and more we see stronger fields (by Official World Golf Ranking) than at PGA Tour events.” Harig said, “The PGA Tour. Paying players to show up is a dangerous practice, and makes it more difficult for some tournaments to compete. It is one of the reasons why the European Tour has pockets of strong tournaments -- and many weak ones.” ESPN.com Senior Golf Editor Kevin Maguire said, “Europe's on the mark here. The top players draw the eyeballs to the TV broadcasts and people to the tournaments, so shouldn't they get more of the loot?” (ESPN.com, 1/23).
VYING FOR YOUR ATTENTION: GOLF.com's weekly roundtable discussion talked about whether Woods in Abu Dhabi or the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines will "get more of your attention." SI Senior Writer Gary Van Sickle said, “Abu Dhabi bought the stars and the spotlight. I'll be interested in both, but only Abu Dhabi is going to get on the front page of the sports section.” But SI Senior Writer Michael Bamberger disagreed and said, “Abu Dhabi just feels like the ultimate money grab.” SI Writer-Reporter Rick Lipsey said, “Honestly, you wouldn't turn your tube to Torrey over Abu Dhabi if they were on at the same time?” SI Golf Group Managing Editor Jim Herre said, “Everyone will want to know how Tiger's doing in Abu Dhabi, but they'll watch Torrey” (GOLF.com, 1/22).