Tiger Woods will play in this week's Turkish Airlines Open which sounds like an odd event for Tiger Woods to play in until you remember that Woods can accept apperance fees in non-PGA Tour events.
If reports are to be believed that Woods' appearence fee is $3 million, then Woods has cleaned up overseas this year to the tune of nearly $8 million combined between the Abu Dhabi Championship ($3 million, according to alleged appearence fee), one-on-one match with Rory McIlroy last week ($2 million, allegedly), and this week's Turkish Airlines Open ($3 million, according to alleged appearance fee).
Now can we trust the accuracy of those reports? Maybe, maybe not. To my knowledge neither Woods nor his agent Mark Steinberg have ever explicitly denied the appearance fee rumors.
Even if the $8 million number isn't accurate, I think we can all agree Woods is likely getting something to show up (unless he just really loves the beaches of Turkey?) And when you put into context that Woods only made $8.5 million all year playing the PGA Tour, who could blame him for playing a few tournaments overseas as a cash grab?
Heck, I'd do it.
One problem, it seems, is that it can dictate him playing lesser tournaments. I guess that's only a problem for the bigger tournaments, not so much Woods.
He skipped the HSBC Champions last week in China (even though he was already in China) despite it being a World Golf Championship event.
To be fair, Woods is also hosting numerous events and clinics for kids on his Asia tour.
Giles Morgan, global head of sponsorship and events for HSBC said he was a little disappointed but never considered offering an apperance fee.
"What I can't do is pay him," Morgan said. "And I feel enormously strong about that. This is a World Golf Championship. This is the flagship event of Asia. This is going to be the beacon to carry the game into this continent for many years to come.
"We could do the wrong thing by golf and drop the prize money right down and just pay one or two players huge fees. From a publicity standpoint, that would give us a certain amount of kudos because we'd get the top player in the world. And I'm absolutely not going down that route."
The Turkish Airlines Open snagged him though. And promotion for the week is being run by Rory McIlroy's old agent, Chubby Chandler who said earlier this year he's basing the entire event around Woods' schedule.
"We almost based the date around which week he could play, and this week suited the European Tour and Tiger Woods," Chandler told PA Sport in London. "The other 77 names in the field will not be familiar to Turkish fans, but Tiger Woods is. To have the World No. 1 there, it always makes it special if a European Tour player can win with Tiger in the field."
He's right, and it's likely worth it to both sides, no matter how much money Woods is going to get.