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Golf: Greed is Good?

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Over at USA TODAY, Paul Daughtery writes, “Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson on pay-per-view is more about greed than golf,” adding that, “This isn’t golf. It’s vaudeville.”
Naked-greed grab
Paul writes, “Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are playing a winner-take-all, pay-per-view exhibition in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving weekend, for $9 million. I was against it until I heard both have agreed to donate the entire winner’s check to charity. And that each is putting up $9 mil of his own money.
Wait, what? That’s not true? Any of it?
Well whatever, never mind.
In reading all the news/hype stories that have accompanied this naked-greed grab — “fun’’ and “different’’ and “something that’s never been done before’’ — a few words never came up.
What used to be the real deal
Paul makes a good point which resonates with me since I very well remember waiting to watch Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf on Scottish TV; note not on English TV,  the Englishmen had to drive over the border to watch it.
Paul writes, “As a very little kid, I watched bits of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf on NBC on Saturday afternoons. It showcased greats such as Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead, playing a match. Golf really is good at producing head-to-head drama. The difference then was, nobody was paying to watch it on his Philco “TV set’’ at home. And the participants weren’t making more in a day than Harry Hacker makes in a lifetime.”
Quote of the Day
“Originally, the payout was going to be $10 million, but the PGA objected. It didn’t want a phony-baloney exhibition paying the same money the Tour pays the winner of the FedEx Cup playoffs.” -Paul Daugherty

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