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Tiger swings into Australia

2009-11-09 08:24

Melbourne - World No 1 Tiger Woods arrived in Australia aboard his private jet Monday, days ahead of his first appearance in an Australian tournament in 11 years.

Woods will receive A$3.3 million ($3 million) in appearance fees to play in the A$1.5 million Australian Masters, which starts at Melbourne's Kingston Heath course on Thursday.

The most recent of Woods's three previous tournament appearances in Australia was as a 21-year-old member of the US team which lost the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

Woods finished sixth behind Phil Mickelson on the weekend at the WGC event at Shanghai, China.

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  • pedido - 2009-11-09 09:25

    Phil was 1 stroke behind on the second day, 2 stroke ahead on the 3rd day and 5 strokes ahead of Tiger on the final day. Ernie Els was 7 strokes behind on the 3rd day and almost clinched it but ended second. The days of Tiger dominance are gone. Phil is the real deal. Now the real competion has begun. I'm a tiger fan but this is good for golf because it is no longer a given that he'll win once he's on the lead.

  • Johan - 2009-11-09 10:53

    Ernie must pack it up overseas. The only thing he'll ever win is a Winter Sunshine Tour event in SA

  • Anon - 2009-11-09 11:02

    I find it sad that they have to pay Tiger double the prize money just to appear in their event. Why doesnt he play the tournament because he wants to and not because of the money !! I know Tiger is a real drawcard at any tournament , but it would be nice to see the organizers invite him without an appearance fee attached , and if he doesnt want to play then its his loss - love to have you here mate , but stuffed if we have to pay you to come over !!

  • Fi5 - 2009-11-09 11:24

    Phil is 37? Ernie 40? Woods 32? See the problem? Tiger has at least another 8 years of good golf coming and Ernie's days are numbered. That said, wouldn't it be great to have Phil and Tiger really fight it out for world no.1? Competition brings out the best in people and Tiger last had competition as a 11 year old

  • Samuel - 2009-11-09 11:50

    It's absolutely absurd to pay Tiger Woods a $3 mill appears fee where the Tournament Prize money is only A$1.5 million.

  • peppy m - 2009-11-09 12:05

    After the birdie at the par 3 17th in China, Ernie could not control his adrenalin and plunged the ball into the water at the 18th and virtually handed Phil the win.Lesson for Ernie- Control that adrenalin rush like Tiger and he would have won the tournament!!!!!!!

  • 3million - 2009-11-09 12:07

    No wonder Tiger doesn't bother to win anything. He gets double the prize money just to pitch up. Maybe they should attach soe conditions to his appearance fee,make the cut,1 million,finish in the top 10,1 million, win the tournament anoher 1 million(plus actaul prize money) Goodness,imagine Tiger doesn't make the cut,that's 3 million for 2 days of bad golf

  • peppy m - 2009-11-09 12:14

    After the birdie at the par 3 17th in China, Ernie could not control his adrenalin and plunged the ball into the water at the 18th and virtually handed Phil the win.Lesson for Ernie- Control that adrenalin rush like Tiger and he would have won the tournament!!!!!!!

  • Tim - 2009-11-09 12:32

    My humble opinion, sportsmen and women deserve the apprearance or payment they receive for playing in these huge tournaments, the sponsors are the ones that make all the money, they get exceptional mileage by getting the top players in world to play in their tournaments. avid golfer.

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