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Woods defends $3m fee

2009-03-26 08:59

Miami - Tiger Woods has downplayed the controversy over his reported appearance fee of $3 million for the Australian Masters in November when he will compete Down Under for the first time in a decade.

"I know there's some controversy behind it but I'm really looking forward to getting down there and playing and competing," the American world number one told reporters in Orlando on Wednesday.

"Most of the guys get appearance fees to play around the world. This is the only place that doesn't have appearance fees," added Woods, referring to the PGA Tour.

The game's leading player has not competed in Australia since the 1998 Presidents Cup but has committed to the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath in Melbourne from November 12-15.

"I've always wanted to get down there and play more in the Aussie sandbelt because that is my favourite area to play," Woods said on the eve of Thursday's opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. "I've always enjoyed it."

His appearance at the Australian Masters is certain to heighten interest in the event, but five-times British Open champion Peter Thomson has expressed concern about the impact on sponsorship for other tournaments.

"In my view it's going to do a lot of damage to our national Open, which comes two weeks after this one in Melbourne," Australian Thomson said last week.

"The Australian Open is our national championship, it is the most important event that we have. He won't be playing in that but that sucks up all the potential sponsorship."

Woods visited Australia in 1996, 1997 and 1998 without winning a tournament and also played the 2002 New Zealand Open.

Reuters

Comments
  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 09:44

    Tiger Woods deserves every cent he gets. He is the greatest golfer the world has ever seen and no one is any where near challenging him. Good luck to him.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 10:54

    I don't think he should defend it - its a matter if supply and demand. If someone is willing to pay the $3m he demands for supplying his services, that's fine. After all he is the world number 1 and argualy the greatest golfer ever.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 11:42

    It doesn't matter who you are or how good you are(or were) , but it doesn't make sense that one guy's appearance fee is more than the winning purse!!!...he can miss the cut and still make more than anyone else playing..this absolute financial mismatch is a small part of the financial crisis the world finds itself in

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 12:08

    agreed he doesnt need to defend anything, they were willing to pay it, and he does generate interest so maybe there is a payback. eg beckham and his ludicrous contract in the states; there were reports that they had already recovered the FULL contract within something like 6 months... and the team he joined isnt even that good it seems. good on ya Tiger

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 13:01

    he is not robbing anyone, he tells them his appearance fee and they pay it, if they dont then he will gladly stay in the states, Finish and Klaar, he is not forcing anyone to do it....... i put my property on the market, i tell you the price, either you pay it or you dont get the house PERIOD

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 13:42

    I have no problem with Woods getting the fee if someone feels they will get a return by paying it. However I would have loved to have been there to ask him that "if he was so looking forward to playing, would he have considered going for free?"

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-26 21:25

    it's ridiculous that tiger can demand so much money. players should get paid according to their performance in the tournaments.

  • golf lover - 2009-03-27 20:09

    it is definitely warped ... from all sides. Great player as he is granted, exactly what do sponsors think they get back in value ? Personally I will rather support a sponsor's product/service if said sponsor invest in the greater good of golf, ie developing players, facilities etc. The tail is wagging the dog now, probably instigated by greedy agent

  • golf lover - 2009-03-27 20:13

    it is definitely warped ... from all sides. Great player as he is granted, exactly what do sponsors think they get back in value ? Personally I will rather support a sponsor's product/service if said sponsor invest in the greater good of golf, ie developing players, facilities etc. The tail is wagging the dog now, probably instigated by greedy agent

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-18 12:03

    3 million dollars is a little compare what the host and the sponsors will make

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