Thanks for the heads up from Stephanie Wei who blogs on James Corrigan's, "End of an era as Middle East falls out of love with Tiger Woods"
No more shelling out
James writes, "The organisers of both the Abu Dhabi Championship and Desert Classic will not be shelling out the estimated $2m-$3m which Woods requires to make the trip. And although the position of the Dubai competition is complicated by the fact it is sponsored by a rival watch company to the one which endorses Woods, it is believed they would not have been willing to meet the demands for the presence of this undoubted sporting icon."
For sure Tiger will not be losing any sleep over missing out in the millions he received in the Middle East there are still other interested parties. According to James, "Not that Woods is without global suitors prepared to offer huge sums. It was reported that Woods was to receive $4m for playing in the America’s Golf Cup in Buenos Aires this month, as well as another $4m for playing in two one-day corporate events in China."
James writes, “There are other players of big interest now, not least Rory McIlroy. In these market conditions, at those prices, Woods does not represent the value he once did. In fairness, he has been there a lot and the novelty has worn off.”
Link to Stephanie Wei and James Corrigan
Quote of the Day
“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” - Tiger Woods on the day he surpassed Jack Nicklaus' record of 73 wins.