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Wednesday
Nov152017

Guardian: "Golf sponsors happy to pay but appearance fees can distort sport"

Appearance fees seem like less of an issue than they used to be for the European Tour.

But as The Guardian's Ewan Murray notes in dissecting their current place in the game, still very much on the minds of some and having an impact on schedules or motivation to win the Race To Dubai.

Nonetheless, the situation raises questions. It seems fair to ask what standard of field would participate in Turkey were enticement not given to stellar names. If the answer is that the competition would become the domain of only lower-grade golfers, does that not undermine its Rolex status? There is also an ethical argument regarding why golfers, or any sportspeople of a certain financial level, should be paid simply to appear. In many ways, this surely contradicts the ethos of sport, albeit that such a point could be applied to money’s tight grasp of football, tennis and so many other enterprises.

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"There is also an ethical argument regarding why golfers, or any sportspeople of a certain financial level, should be paid simply to appear."

For most team sports this is true.
Golf is unique (?) in having a cut so that half the original field get no pay. pretty odd really. Turn up play for 3 or 4 das then get nothing.

These 70 person fields seem to be a compromise. And then there's the Hero coming up - 18 guys but all top ranking.
As back-loaded as the Euro Tour is with big-money events, there has to be some tournaments that have more difficulty in attractcing good fields. And while I don't know how politically motivated the Tour pros are, I would certainly think twice about competing in a country on the fast track towards islamism and dictatorship.
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Golf is unique only in the fact that it is like any other individual sport. Marathon runners run poorly, they get nothing. Judging the play at many tournaments and complete mailing it in at WGC events. If anything, they need to have more winner take all type events and maybe a 2nd or even 3rd cut to drive some excitement.

Appearance money is not solving that problem. It is exacerbating the issue.
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMJR
The prizes at the NYC Marathon look similar to those from Mayakoba. Similar w.r.t. the ratio of 2nd to 1st etc. The golfers are receiving more money and paying more places, obviously.

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11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
I still remember when the 2009 Australian Masters organizers had to go hat-in-hand to the government in Melbourne Australia to use A$1.5 million of taxpayers' money to fund Tiger Woods' A$3-million-Australian appearance-fee. His appearance fee was larger than the entire A$750,000 Tournament-purse. The Australian Masters' reputation never really recovered and is no longer contested.

Tiger's greed is one of the reasons I've never supported him, ...and don't miss him.
It's not hurting anyone. Supply and demand.
11.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I agree with FC.

The dilemma, if there is any, is not ethical or moral.
11.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNubi
Golf promoters get a far better return on paying a world top five player to appear rather than adding those funds to the purse.

Supply and demand? Yes. Greed? Perhaps. Golf pros so boring they are borderline not worth paying? Approaching.
11.20.2017 | Unregistered Commenterthe baron

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