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.
The ideal hole should provide an infinite variety of shots according to the varying positions of the tee, the situation of the flag, the direction and strength of the wind, etc... It should also at times give full advantage for the voluntary pull or slice, one of the most finished shots in golf, and one that few champions are able to carry out with any great degree of accuracy. ALISTER MACKENZIE