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Golf Australia Express : Issue 44
On The Green Readers! Click to get credit on sign-up $10 SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK ANIDEAWITHATWIST—determine a reasonable appearance fee up to $500,000. If they make the top 10 they get the appearance money plus any prize money. If they miss the cut, the appearance fee goes to charity. And here's the twist—the money comes out of their own pocket! What the heck, offer $1 million. THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS THE TOP PLAYERS IN the world have many opportunities around the world to receive substantial appearance fees. To be paid to play on your home tour threatens the integrity of the game and does not provide a level playing field for all. —Chris Crabbe, via email I BELIEVE SPONSORS are now starting to question the benefits of paying huge appearance money. The quality of professionals today has reached a very high standard and golf should not be promoted around a handful of guys. I don't believe Tiger and Phil would have stayed away from this tournament if the prizemoney was worth another $2.5 million. The desire to win a tournament goes out the window when you guarantee a player first prize before he even tees off. You shall lift the standard of players when things are equal. —Roger Podmore, via email IT'S CLEAR FROM the poll percentage that a lot of people disagree with "pay for play", but unless you have those big name players as the drawcard for the fans it's not going to be as attractive to attend for fans who take the opportunity to meet these great players. The one thing I will mention is that if paid these large amounts of attendance money those players should be contracted to stay and sign autographs for the fans for the weekend even if they miss the cut. —Rob Walton, via email
Issue 45—The British Open