Vickers secured a big-time international sponsor.
The PGA Tour "claims I didn't have a sponsor for the $10 million tournament, but damn right I did."
He is telling the truth. I knew about the deal last year. He was taking a mighty gamble, but Vickers was willing.
He had originated the first seven-figure tournament. He would originate the first eight-figure tournament.
Three times Vickers went to Finchem and the PGA Tour, "three times I didn't get an answer. They didn't say no. They just didn't say anything," Vickers said.
The PGA Tour stalled Vickers out of the way. That's because the PGA Tour was secretly working on its FedExCup, a year-end series of tournaments and point systems that would crown a tour champion and award $10 million.
"They didn't want me to overshadow what they were doing," a resigned Vickers says now.
“Championship course” is a catch-penny label used by resort developers and signifies only that the course in question is a dreary slog of over 7,000 yards for anyone foolish enough to play it off the back tees.