DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman predicts that the prize money in golf will continue to decrease because of therecession.
The 54-year-old Australian spoke Wednesday before the start of the DubaiWorld Championship, the European Tour’s season-ending event. The tournamentopens Thursday on the Norman-designed Earth Course.
The tournament originally had a $10 million prize fund, but it was reducedto $7.5 million in September because of the global economic downturn.
“Golf is not going to be like it used to be. It’s tough out there—toughin business,” Norman said. “… I have gone through the cycle of things beingreally good and then going through another cycle.
“But I don’t think the young generation see it because they have never seenit before. I have been through three recessions.”
Norman advised golfers to avoid complacency.
“We golfers have got to step up to the plate and be alert to it,” he said.“We have all had to tighten our belts and I think it would be very responsibleof the players to be cognizant of that.”
English golfer Lee Westwood , who has won about $3 million this year, saidthe prize in Dubai—the winner will get $1.25 million—is still a lot.
“We should not complain about the cut in the prize fund here because we arestill competing for an awful lot of money,” he said, “and we are aware thatsome of golf sponsors are struggling at the moment.”