Notes Tigers caddie in the TV booth Paddys battle

By Associated PressOctober 7, 2008, 4:00 pm
Instead of glaring at cameras, Steve Williams will be speaking in front of them.
 
The caddie for Tiger Woods will make his debut as a TV analyst during the Kiwi Challenge in his native New Zealand, which will feature Anthony Kim, Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. They will play 36 holes, on Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, with the winner of the stroke-play event getting $1.5 million of the $2.6 million purse.
 
The tournament will be played Oct. 27-28, and televised Nov. 15-16 on NBC Sports.
 
This is my first experience at this, Williams said. Im doing this because the Kiwi Challenge will bring great exposure for New Zealand and give New Zealanders the opportunity to see four of the worlds best players in one group. Seldom would we have four players of this quality at a tournament.
 
ORDER OF MERIT
 
Winning the last two majors still might not be enough for Padraig Harrington to win the Order of Merit.
 
Robert Karlsson won the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday for his second straight European tour victory, moving him atop the Order of Merit by $193,527 over Harrington.
 
Karlsson, who has had five other top 3s this year, could wrap it up in two weeks at the Portugal Masters. Otherwise, it could come down to the season-ending Volvo Masters at Valderrama at the end of the month. Harrington is not scheduled to play in Portugal.
 
But the Swede says its no contest when it comes to European player of the year.
 
Hes won two majors and its hard to top that, Karlsson said. Only better thing you could do is win three majors. He is probably better on the bigger picture. But winning the Order of Merit, if it would come to that, I can only compete against myself. The goal is not to beat Harrington. The goal is to play my best golf. And then if Harrington is better, then congratulations to him.
 
Lee Westwood is in third place, about $476,540 behind Karlsson, and still has a chance.
 
PLAYOFF BEARD
 
Mike Weir sported a playoff beard at The Barclays this year, right about the time developers from Electronic Arts Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 showed up to capture his image for the game.
 
The beard was gone a week later, and it didnt last long on the video game.
 
He kind of wanted it to be more clean-cut, Travis Sailer, assistant designer on the game, told Canadian Press. Thats what he normally goes with. So we actually worked with him and worked with our modelers in the game and got it so that we wiped away his beard a little bit for him.
 
MONEY MATTERS
 
Tiger Woods earned $5,775,000 in six tournaments this year. Thats more than Jack Nicklaus made ($5,734,031) in his 594 starts on the PGA Tour.
 
DIVOTS
 
HP, which recently acquired EDS, will become the new title sponsor of the Byron Nelson Championship. Greg Norman has appointed Frank Nobilo of New Zealand his assistant captain for the Presidents Cup next year. They played on two Presidents Cup teams together. Dustin Johnson led the field in driving distance at Turning Stone, becoming the first player to win a PGA Tour event with the longest driving average since Tiger Woods at Firestone in 2007.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
 
Including his FedEx Cup bonus, Vijay Singh made $15,165,163 over the final two months of the season.
 
FINAL WORD
 
I would be the first to say that Ive underachieved, for sure. That hasnt been because of the lack of a work ethic or trying or caring or doing anything I can to get better. Whatever happens in my career, I know that Ive worked as hard as I could. ' Charles Howell III.
 
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