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Golf Australia Express : Issue 43
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK JACK PLAYED MOST of his time without help from club and ball technology. The leading pack of players was bigger and better than the few genuine threats Tiger has to play against each week. If you add the number of runner-up finishes (particularly majors) I think that Jack still comes out in front. THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Col Alexander, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS IS IT POSSIBLE TO compare a Boeing 707 and an A380 Airbus? Jack and Tiger are from different eras, different technologies and equipment, and both in their own ways are unchallenged for their time. We have seen more of Tiger because of the saturation TV coverage we now get, whereas Jack remains the Golden Bear from an era where live cable or free-to-air was unheard of. That said, I still vote 1 Tiger (but only by a whisker). — Roger Templeton, via email TAKE THE TOP 100 players in the world and add up their lifetime prizemoney winnings (not including endorsements). It will add up way into the tens of millions of dollars. Tennis is worse—the Wimbeldon lineup is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Sport is too expensive and it's us, the poor suckers who suffer. Don't despair because viewers will die off when pay per view becomes too expensive and we all switch off.— Adam Docking, via email I THINK THE MAIN reason we have lost the free to air viewing rights to pay television is the outrageous prizemoney being paid to our sport stars. One million dollars a week to the tournament winners must come from somewhere, and TV rights are part of that package. Tiger Woods can certainly draw an audience but does he need to be paid so much? Do any of our sport stars need to be paid so much? A reality check is needed in sport. —Frank Dunn, via email