Thursday, January 6, 2011
Geoff Ogilvy Will Be Hand-ed $70K
The tour kicks off on Thursday in Hawaii, but the more you read and watch about these players, the more you realize that it is still vacation mode. Sure, would they love to bag a win here against all the champions from 2010, and be invited back before they even leave the island? Absolutely. Are they more interested in karaoke, swimming and hiking? It sure seems it.
That is where defending champion Geoff Ogilvy comes in. According to AP, the Australian was swimming when he cut his hand on a coral reef, requiring 12 stitches and a very minimal chance of playing in the Hyundai. No worries for Geoff, however, since the event doesn't have a cut, and just making it to the first tee with a golf club and a ball in hand is good enough for a last place check of $70,000.
Is there a moral issue here with Ogilvy taking to the first tee just to collect a check when he isn't competing? I don't think so. He earned his way here, and has all the right in the world to tee it up, earning his succulent five-figure check, and be on his way.
Would you do it? Battle all you want here or there, but you know you wouldn't pass up on a $70,000 piece of paper when it is basically being handed to you.