Tiger Vijay Tee Up in China


European TourThe PGA Tour season is over. Tiger Woods made well over $10 million. Now its time to go make some real money.
For Woods, and so many others, the November and December months are huge opportunities to pad their already well-cushioned bank accounts.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods figures to log plenty of miles in the air over the next two months.
As Woods said three weeks ago at the Funai Classic, his next-to-last event on tour this season: I'm just now getting started.
Tigers off-season schedule features trips the globe around. It all begins this week at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the HSBC Champions Tournament.
He will then head to Miyazaki, Japan for next weeks Dunlop Phoenix Open. The following Tuesday and Wednesday, he will tee it up at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii for the PGA Grand Slam. That same Saturday and Sunday, he will play the Skins Game in La Quinta, Calif. A week later, hell host his own Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Hell then have a couple of weeks off to rest up for the Mercedes Championships, which officially begins the 2006 PGA Tour season.
Technically, Woods stretch run began this past week in Atlanta, where he wrapped up another player-of-the-year campaign on the PGA Tour with a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship.
He then made the lengthy flight ' in the comfort of his own personal jet ' to China for his second appearance in the country.
Woods last foray was a promotional one. He competed in the commercial Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. During that trip, Woods hosted a clinic, dined with some official types, played a little golf, and pocketed a hefty appearance fee.
Woods will once again receive millions of dollars just for his showing up ' the event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour and China Golf Association, and appearance fees are permitted ' but he will also have a chance to take home the first prize of $833,300.
The $5 million purse is the largest in the history of Asian golf. The event ' which is conducted in conjunction with IMG, Woods management agency ' is on offer to select players around the world, including the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Some of those who have agreed to compete are: world No. 2 Vijay Singh, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, Volvo Masters champion Paul McGinley, two-time PGA Tour winner Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and K.J. Choi.
The tournament counts towards the 2006 European Tour season, which means Monty and Co., have the chance to get a jump on next years money title, as well as some much-desired Ryder Cup points.
Campbell, who lost out to Montgomerie for this years money title, will be going for the HSBC sweep. He won the HSBC Match Play Championship over McGinley in England in September.
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