2009 World Series of Golf to Have $200K Buy In

By Associated PressMay 15, 2008, 4:00 pm
LAS VEGAS -- For the golfer who thinks a 15-foot putt with 10 grand on the line isnt enough action, hows $200,000 sound?
 
No, not the prize, just the fee to tee off.
 
The World Series of Golf next year in Las Vegas will cost $200,000 to enter and offer a $1.5 million payout for the winner.
 
Organizers think they can find 25 players willing to ante up the $200,000 entry fee. Five more players would technically get in for free'free meaning drawn randomly from a list of 125 players expected to play in the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Golf tournament a week earlier.
 
Players are not eligible if they have competed as a professional in two or more events on any professional tour, or earned more than $50,000 in their career in golf competitions. Members of any globally recognized professional golf associations, PGA of America members for example, also are barred.
 
Play would follow the format of the World Series of Golf, which awarded its $250,000 top prize Thursday to Andy Johnson, a 36-year-old auto wholesaler from Davison, Mich.
 
Rules for the tournament, first played last year, are loosely based on poker, with players betting on their strokes with poker chips. Players can go all-in after their tee shot, or fold and move on to the next hole if they hit a lousy shot. The player with the fewest strokes each hole wins the pot for that hole. Automatic bets, or antes, increase every three holes, driving up betting and the pots.
 
I had an all-in on the ninth hole today and I turned to my caddie and I said, My hands have never shaked like this before, said Stuart Tidd, 40, who was eliminated Wednesday after a bad bounce on the 17th hole at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
 
The manufacturing representative from Toronto said he planned to raise enough money with friends from his golf club back home to buy into next years more expensive tournament. He estimated spending $20,000 to $30,000 of his own money to enter.
 
Im experienced, right? If they only knew how quivering I was over a couple times, Tidd said.
 
The 9-handicapper said hes always played for money with friends from his golf club in Canada, but said the television cameras and atmosphere is more exciting than simply risking big money against a few buddies.
 
This years tournament is scheduled to air on CBS in June as part of a three-year deal announced last week.
 
You always dream of being in the big leagues. and for me this is as close as Ill ever get, Tidd said.
 
Terry Leiweke, president of the World Series of Golf, said players told him theyd be up for risking more money. He said he didnt expect any difficulties filling the 25 paid spots for the $200,000 tournament.
 
Clearly they want to play big, high stakes events, Leiweke said.
 
Leiweke said that of the 30 players in the high-stakes event, the final six would profit. He said the 24 also-rans would be automatically entered into another tournament planned for later in the year'without putting up more money.
 
That tournament would be an alternate-shot team event with players drafted playground-style by team sponsors. The extra event gives players the chance to win money even if they lost on the first hole of the high dollar tournament, Leiweke said.
 
If you pay $200,000, you want to be able to at least double your money, he said.
 
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Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm