Tiger Federer Together in Miami


The athletic air is rare where Roger Federer and Tiger Woods live and breathe. And next month in Miami they will be sharing it.
Woods, the worlds dominant golfer, will defend his title at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral. Federer, the worlds dominant tennis player, will defend his title at the Sony Ericsson Open which will take place at Key Biscayne, about 20 minutes from Doral.
By then, Miami will have recovered from Super Bowl week. And now, its nice to know, the question has been asked and answered on the subject of whether Woods and Federer can co-exist while competing for the South Florida sports entertainment dollar.
Yes, yes and yes are the answers.
Sources say officials from both events have been in contact with each other. And, they say, we should not be surprised if a novel idea to sell tickets is announced soon.
The idea is to package a plan that would allow sports fans to use the same ticket that got her or him into Doral during the day for admission to the night matches on the same date at Key Biscayne.
The challenge here, said Eddie Carbone, tournament director for the WGC-CA Championship, is how can we work together here.
Meanwhile, the mutual admiration society and friendship between sporting icons Woods and Federer grows by the day. Both are Nike and Gillette endorsers. And both have watched the other play'Woods attended the U.S. Open late last summer. Federer was in Dubai watching Woods last week.
Hard to argue with the results when youre a PGA TOUR event and your Saturday attendance figure comes in north of 150,000. That was the case last week at the FBR Open in Arizona. Certain golf cognoscenti were predicting that the sizzle they sell along with the steak at TPC Scottsdale might usher in a trend.
But that notion ignores at least two things. First, many PGA TOUR venues simply dont have the topography, geography and/or demography to copy the wild and crazy feel of FBR. Second, theres an assumption that other TOUR events WANT to copy FBR.
Its a great event, said one Florida tournament director. But, he added pointedly, golf is third in order of importance on site.
Added another, The thing they do best at the FBR Open is to cast a wide net. But that can be elusive.
Details continue to trickle in on the golf course Tiger Woods has contracted to design in Dubai. Work is scheduled to start later this year with an anticipated finish in 2009.
Golfweek reports Woods' fee of close to $26 million is more than 10 times the normal number commanded by high-end course architects like Tom Fazio. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Woods design firm will be headed up by Bryon Bell, Woods boyhood pal and occasional caddie. According to the magazine, Bell will set up an office in Orlando.
What kind of designer will Woods be and what kind of golf courses will he build. Bradley Klein, the noted Golfweek course architecture writer, told me it will take at least 10 years for Woods to know all he needs to know about things like soils and drainage and many, many other complicated issues.
I do have a feeling that Tigers courses are going to be long, but fairly forgiving off the tee, said Charles Howell III. When we spend our time at Isleworth the last thing that guy just loves to do is practice his short game. ... Im quite sure youre going to see some challenging short-game shots.