The hot golf news over the last few days is that there will be a pending winner take all golf exhibition between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The winner will take home a cool $10,000,000. That’s great and all, but there’s no thrill in this if the money is simply coming from sponsors of the event and advertising revenue.
People wonder how pro golfers can be so relaxed when playing for so much money. The reason is they’re playing for someone else’s money. The best way to make this Tiger/Phil event interesting would be to make each player bring $10,000,000 OF THEIR OWN MONEY to the event. The $20,000,000 pile of cash would then be on display for the fans to google over, and the players would (hopefully) get a little squirmy knowing that THEIR cash is on the line. The look would be cool. Security guys, Brinks truck…the whole deal.
I know I get nervous when I’m playing to keep my own money, especially when it is a $2.00 Nassau and there’s a press going on the final hole. Nothing makes your butt cheeks tighten up over a 3-foot putt like knowing it’s to save yourself from losing $4.00.