Apparently Euro Tour chief George O'Grady believes that since the FedEx Cup will be over by the time the Dunhill Cup is played at St. Andrews, Tiger might cherish the opportunity to bond with a friend during 5 hours of misery over the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns...without an appearance fee!
The only thing better than O'Grady throwing out this "maybe" scenario? It was reported as news! Twice (here and here).
From David McCarthy's piece:
European Tour chief executive George O'Grady believes it is only a matter of time before world No.1 Woods plays the Dunhill Links Championship over St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.Exactly, why just hop on the Citation and bring a friend to play in Scotland when you can make that friend pay to play in a pro-am!
With the American season finishing earlier that usual with the Û10million FedEx Cup, there is no Stateside clash with the Dunhill in October and O'Grady reckons it is inevitable Woods will play the event to satisfy sponsors in the near future.
He said: "The Dunhill is in an ideal situation. With the FedEx tournament being over by the time it takes place, everyone wants the best professional field it can have. You can see a day when Tiger Woods will play in it, because of who he could play with.
"I don't know if they are talking with Tiger or not but it wouldn't be beyond the bounds as long as he was playing with someone he enjoys playing with.
"The tournament host, Johan Rupert, has stated he does not do appearance money but he gives a great welcome.
"It's the best pro-am in the world. For the amateur to get the chance to play these courses under championship conditions is fantastic."
And we know that's what Tiger's all about. Playing in pro-ams!