Shark Sinks Putt Worth $100000 in Skins Game


VERNON, British Columbia -- Greg Norman made a 15-foot putt on the second-to-last hole to earn $100,000 Monday during the opening day of the Telus Skins Game.
Norman calmly sank the putt for eagle on the 556-yard, par-5 eighth hole at Predator Ridge. He tossed the ball into the cheering crowd.
It was there for the making, said Norman, the two-time British Open winner. It was a straight forward putt.
Fred Couples was the only other golfer to collect a skin. He sank a 40-foot putt on the second hole to earn $30,000.
This years skins game is in support of BC Childrens Hospital. Five players from five countries are competing for $360,000 in prize money.
Joining Couples and Canadas Mike Weir is Norman, from Australia; Scotlands Colin Montgomerie, an eight-time Ryder Cup player; and rising star Camilo Villegas of Colombia, who finished tied for ninth at the U.S. Open.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, has made eight previous appearances at Telus and won more than $1 million.
Couples came close again on the sixth hole when his long putt for $60,000 rolled around the lip, then fell out.
Weir earned the loudest cheers of the day during the introductions and had one of the strangest shots.
He had a chance to earn $45,000 on the fifth hole but his putt just slid by the cup. On the eighth he attempted to play out of the rough, hit a rock, and had the ball land behind him.
The 2003 Masters champion is returning to the skins game after a five-year absence. In five previous appearances hes won 20 skins for $400,000.
Montgomerie looked poised to collect $80,000 on the seventh hole after his approach shot from 145 yards out landed near the hole. But before he could pocket the money, Villegas rolled in a birdie putt. That meant all Montgomeries birdie did was make the eighth hole worth $100,000.
The games second nine holes will be played Tuesday. Holes one through six were worth $15,000 each. The next six $20,000 and the final six $25,000.
The low score on each hole wins the prize money. If there is a tie for low score, the money is carried over to subsequent holes until there is a single winner.
Mondays opening round was played under bright, blue skies and a baking sun.
Joining the huge gallery following the players was former tennis great Chris Evert, who is scheduled to marry Norman at the end of the month.