Mo' money: Donald can expect financial windfall

By Rex HoggardOctober 25, 2011, 1:51 pm

The PGA Tour Player of the Year award may still hang in the balance, a baffling open chapter that should have been closed on Sunday, but Luke Donald’s six-birdie tear at Disney likely delivered much more than just his second title of 2011 and the circuit’s cash crown.

Standard Tour endorsement contracts have all manner of performance bonuses, including lucrative incentives for money titles and your position on the world golf ranking.

“I think there might be with my clothing deal. I'm not exactly sure what it is,” Donald said on Saturday at Disney when asked about possible bonuses.

It’s not surprising that Donald wouldn’t be entirely forthcoming with his potential financial windfall, but GTC contacted an assortment of player managers in an attempt to quantify what the money title means for the Englishman.

“Until the FedEx Cup came along almost every contract had a year-ending money list bonus,” said one manager who requested anonymity. “The bonuses would be at least $1 million and I had some that were more.”

Since the inception of the FedEx Cup some companies have started basing bonuses on how a player performs in the season-long race. “Very few contracts have money list bonuses now,” said the manager. “(Companies) felt like whatever the Tour considers important was important to them.”

Some manufacturers base year-end bonuses on how many world ranking points a player has earned during a season, which would also net Donald a handsome bonus. No one has earned more world ranking points than he has this year (500) and he’s climbed from ninth to start the season into a commanding lead atop the ranking.

Even more encouraging for Donald, depending on how his bonuses are structured with the companies he has endorsement deals with (Mizuno, Titleist and Polo Ralph Lauren, which resigned the world No. 1 to a new multi-year deal earlier this season) his play in 2011 will likely impact his bottom line for years.

According to numerous player managers, many contracts forego a traditional bonus for an increase in a player’s yearly retainer fee over the life of the contract. That means Donald’s new “multi-year” Polo deal, for example, could be worth millions.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking 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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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.