At this time of the year it pays literally to be a top 50 ranked player in the World Golf Rankings. Why you may ask?
Well in simple terms you get invited to play in limited field events with no half way cuts and a guaranteed cheque when you finish on Sunday.
Even if you finish last in the HSBC tournament in Shanghai this week you will receive US $25,500 for the effort.
Mind you the winner will pocket US$1.2 million the same as Ryan Moore did at the CIMB Classic last week in Kuala Lumpur!
There have been changes with the 2014 PGA Tour already underway. An invitation to the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa with only thirty players invited to play, and the winners purse of US $1.25 million is hard to pass up, and the last place golfer takes home US$100,000.00!
Also at most of these "invitation only" tournaments the players expenses are looked after and a couple of business class air tickets are thrown in for good measure.
Now take note, these tournaments are for those who are in the top 50 World Golf Rankings and when you get into the top 10 you can throw in appearance fees. The World number one Tiger Woods commands US $3 million to tee it up.
I have spoken to presidents of National Golf Associations and corporations who have paid him his fee to play in their tournaments and they all agree that it is worth every dollar, and would do it again!
The Asian PGA Tour in recent years has come up with a formula that works in their part of the world. Rather than trying to match the prize monies of the PGA and European Tour's, they have found that by paying appearance fees to around three to four marque players like Ernie Ells, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson they can attract more corporate sponsorship and spectators to their events.
David Milne and Lawrie Montague - Pro Tour Golf College
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