Thursday, 19 March 2009

Tiger for hire, will play for money

Tiger has been apprehensive about going back to Australia ever since he saw the film Return to Oz, the $3million dollars will be spent on protection from those monkey things with wheels

Here we are in these times of global recession, where the humble taxpayers have seen the bills to bail out failing banks foisted upon them, while bosses of said banks, the men who made the mistakes, unashamedly attempt to hold on to their million pound pensions, grubbily grabbing with their well manicured little fingers. People are losing jobs at record rates, few can afford to travel. Fewer still can command seven figure sums to pop on a plane for a weekends golf. Only one man can in fact. It's hard to know what the people of Victoria state will make of the news that Tiger Woods is going to be paid 3 million dollars, half of which will be their money, just to play in Novembers Australian Masters.

It's been over ten years since he's made the trip down under. The last event he played there was the 98 Presidents Cup so he didn't really have much choice to go to that one, it's hardly likely that he was going to pop back any time soon without a bit of an incentive. But still, it's a little bit of a kick in the teeth, not just to the Victorian residents but to everyone who's struggling on at the minute to see such a huge handout going to a man who clearly has no need of it.

But then, if there's one thing that Tiger Woods does well, apart from the game of golf, it's attract money. Dollars are sucked towards where Woods is at like flies will flock round shite. The estimated boost to the local economy is $19 million dollars, how much of that will trickle back to the taxpayer is difficult to say, but it will make a tournament that would pretty much have been an afterthought to the season will become a big event.

Stuart Appleby sees the worth of the deal but wonders what the lads having a few tinnies round barbie will make of it.

"It will be great for the game and bring out a lot of people who haven't seen him before, in person, not on a video game .There's a lot of people hurting in Australia, and they might look negatively that one guy is paid $3m just to turn up. The common man won't understand the business model because the government is paying for it. They might not see the money he brings in."

That's the thing, who will see the money at the end of the day - the advertising companies, the tv companies, the lads in the corporate tents. But then it'll be worth it for the Aussies who've never seen the great man in the flesh before - they're in for a treat.

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