Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods might play event in Turkey
Tiger Woods may join the likes of Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald this coming October in Turkey. You read that correctly, according to reports from Derek Lawrenson of The Telegraph over in the UK, the country with exactly zero golfers on the PGA Tour is set to host some of the world’s elite in a lucrative match-play event where the purse will be $5.3 million and this year’s winner is slated to take home $1.5 million! Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood round out the field.
Naturally, attracting those eight to the first Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals does not come cheap. Last place will be worth $300,000 (£191,000), while the winner will take home $1.5million (£957,000). Next year, they intend to hike the amounts to a $2.5m (£1,595,000) first prize, the richest in golf.
Intriguingly, Woods will receive an extra fee. I understand a tie-up for the next three years will be announced with Turkish Airlines, with the American clearly seen as a key component of the country’s Olympic bid.
Istanbul is vying for the 2020 Summer Olympics against Tokyo and Madrid.
But Robert Lusetich at Foxsports.com tweeted that Woods playing in Turkey was not a done deal.
Mark Steinberg says still in discussions with Turks. Event week of Frys.com. "Tiger endeavors to get back to Frys in the future"— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) July 3, 2012
No Summer Trip to the Cape for the Golfer-in-Chief
Martha’s Vineyard golfers can take a sigh of relief. President Obama and his Secret Service convoys will not be cluttering the links this year as the President will forgo his usual summer vacation to spend more time focusing on his re-election campaign, according to a report from The Boston Globe's Brian Macquarrie.
The first family has spent time at a 28-acre estate in Chilmark, Mass. each of the past three summers and the President, a reported novice who played his 100th round of golf since taking office on Father’s Day, has in the past been spotted at Vineyard Golf Club, Farm Neck Golf Club as well as Mink Meadow Golf Club.
There’s no word on whether money normally spent to replace all of the President’s missing golf balls will be redirected to his Super PACs.
Introducing Slammin’ Sam Beer
Although not quite in time for the actual Fourth of July festivities, golf fans and beer aficionados can come together this weekend at the Greenbrier where a new premium lager inspired by the late Sam Snead is set to make a splash onto beer lists at 19th holes everywhere.
Debuting this week at The Greenbrier Resort in conjunction with the centennial of Snead’s birth, Slammin’ Sam features a refreshing taste with an exceptionally balanced finish that makes it the Smoothest Beer in Golf. It showcases a proprietary recipe developed by Ray Klimovitz, recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Life Service Award from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.
“Mr. Snead is an international sports icon, and our first priority was to create an amazing beer that honors his legacy,” says Casey Bierer, Founder and CEO of Slammin’ Sam Beer Company and a former producer-reporter with Golf Channel. “Through the assistance of a beer industry legend and remarkable craft brewery, we’re proud to present a thirst-quenching premium lager that golfers and all active lifestyle consumers will truly enjoy.”
Cell Phones Permitted at U.S. Women’s Open
Somewhere Phil Mickelson is cringing. Lefty, who you might remember is suspected of withdrawing from the Memorial due to frustration with fans using cell phones, cannot be pleased by news that cell phones will be permitted on the grounds of Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc., this weekend where the 66th U.S. Women’s Open is set to take place.
Although LPGA events typically allow spectators to have phones on the grounds, this is the first time they will be permitted at a USGA event leading to the suspicion that this might be a trial run for a similar allowance at next year’s men’s championship.
According to the tournament website, while there will be designated areas for calls, text messaging is permissible everywhere. Volume must be maintained at silent or vibrate, and photos are only allowed during the practice rounds.
Tweet of the Day
@DeronWilliams how did those meetings go? Do we need a couple more rounds of golf?— Jason Kidd (@RealJasonKidd) July 3, 2012