And, yes, Isleworth will be helicoptered to and from the matches once again. Before you roll your eyes and start wondering what so-called pampered athletes will ask for next, consider this.
The 10 members of the winning team will each designate $100,000 to their favorite charity. That a cool million which isnt a bad two days cumulative haul for good causes.
So you might not want to be too quick to judge when you hear the contents of the goody bag each player will receive. But you might want to drool a little.
Included in each are: Armani Prive perfume, Chanel sunglasses, Cartier gift certificate, Coach umbrella, Crate & Barrel basket (2), Dean & Deluca caramel apples, Edward Bess lip wardrobe, Tiffany & Co. bracelet, Ernie Els wine, GAIAM jute yoga mat, Grey Goose (2), Hermes beach towel (2) Gap InspiRED shirt, Iomoi personalized paperweight, Jonathan Adler scented candle, Michael Kors handbag, Dolce & Gabbana coffee table book and gift certificate, Olympus digital camera, Palasdesthes tea sampler, Philosophy Hope and a Prayer, Sony VAIO FJ notebook computer (red or blue), Yves St. Laurent facial cleanser and Williams-Sonoma decanter.
The guess here is there will be a lot of re-gifting. At least a few of the participants already qualify for the category: The Man Who Has Everything.
Meanwhile, the player who shoots the low score Tuesday, regardless of how his team is faring, gets a check for $500,000. The guess here is that some of that money will go to charity as well. Second best scorer Tuesday gets $300,000; third earns $200,000.
There is also a gala that, according to tournament official Andy Odenbach, is the best party in golf'players actually go willingly.
In addition, the Long Drive winner scores $100,000 for his team. And the hole-in-one prizes on the par-3s are Escalades, Air Nautique Boats, a 25K Panasonic gifting experience and a 25K Cartier gifting experience. To clarify, if a player makes a hole-in-one on the Escalade hole, he AND his teammates all win Escalades.
Earlier this week, Hank Haney, Tiger Woods coach, communicated to me that Bay Hill was not the destination but just a stop on the journey. This was in response to certain critics who wanted to know how a player of Tigers immense skill could shoot a bloated 43 on the back nine Sunday.
Haney also took the time to further characterize his relationship with Woods. To be sure, calling Haney Tigers teacher is a bit of a misnomer. The two are much closer than that and they actually learn from each other.
No one knows Tigers game better than Tiger, Haney told me. How many top teachers have egos that would allow them to publicly admit that about the players with whom they work?
So what is Haneys role exactly?
My job is helping Tiger analyzing, diagnosing and helping to make a plan to improve, he said. Tiger is the only player I watch.
More specifically, in the last three years Haney has spent 110 days each year watching Woods. He says he never misses a shot Woods hits when he is at a tournament. Otherwise, he makes sure to follow Woods on TV or Tourcast. The two often talk before Tigers rounds and always chat after he plays. When Haney is with Tiger at Tigers home course of Isleworth he watches his practice sessions and often plays practice rounds with Tiger as well.