Tiger Woods, Ernie Els & Other Stars Won’t Play For A Lousy US$700K
As Barbados Free Press reader JD wrote us…
“No one’s fault, really, but curious to see how it all turns out.”
Two stories that perfectly illustrate the point that big events are never a sure thing…
Oh, They’re Not Going To Barbados – Stars Turn Backs On World Cup
If a tournament could be undermined by the absence of some of the sport’s leading players, the WGC World Cup, which gets under way here today, could be it — the death knells are ringing.
Most conspicuous by their absence are a host of top-ranking Americans, which has led to speculation that when Stewart Cink was approached to lead the United States team, officials of the PGA Tour would have been virtually on their knees, pleading.
“We’ve asked Tiger [Woods] Jim [Furyk] and Phil [Mickelson, the top three players in the world] and Davis [Love III, the world No 17], David [Toms, the No 19] and Chris [DiMarco, the no 20], but unfortunately they’re all tied up that week,” the hapless officials would have said.
… finish reading this story at Times On Line (link here)
Barbados World Cup Event Hit By Absence Of Top Players
ST. JAMES, Barbados (Reuters) – The absence of several big names, including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, from this week’s WGC-World Cup has dominated the build up to Thursday’s first round.
World number one Woods, Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk turned down the chance to represent the U.S. while Els and Retief Goosen opted not to play for South Africa.
Irishman Padraig Harrington, who won the 1997 World Cup at Kiawah Island with playing partner Paul McGinley, believes a change of date would help solve the problem.
… finish this article at Yahoo! News (link here)