Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tiger Woods to Skip Torrey Pines in 2012 For More Seven Figure-y Event
There aren't many golf courses that have allowed Tiger Woods to raise their trophy more than Torrey Pines. The public golf course just outside of San Diego, Calif. has been a part of six Farmers Insurance Opens wins to Woods' credit and one of the better U.S. Opens in my lifetime, so it seems like a no-brainer for Tiger to visit his home state's event each year to try to add to that total.
Unless ... someone is willing to fork up Tiger's copious appearance fee. That's what will happen next season when Tiger will bypass Torrey for Abu Dhabi.
It really shouldn't surprise anyone. Tiger is a very loyal man to certain things, with the thing near the top of the list being money. If someone is willing to shell out seven figures for him to show up and golf, he's probably going to do it, PGA Tour be damned. Some might disagree with it, but just put yourself in Tiger's shoes for a minute and tell me you wouldn't be booking a flight (or in his case, fueling your jet) for the long haul to Abu Dhabi.
Also, this shouldn't really concern the PGA Tour. Golfers will continue to do this randomly throughout the year, but they'll still play in many PGA Tour events, so no overreacting. The beautiful thing about being a professional golfer is you really aren't committed to anything except yourself, and as long as you can be where you need to be, things should be fine.
Now, anyone know if the Abu Dhabi people need a blogger to play? My appearance fee is also seven figures, but five of those are after the decimal.