I was listning to the Guy who runs the Hieneken Classic on the radio last night, his name escapes me at the moment (Ted Herbert I think), and he was suggesting that Appearance money only be given to Major Winners to play in Australia, Norman, Beem, Daly all included but Allenby, Appleby, Baddeley, Scott, Kenny Perry, Charles Howell and co not included. His theory was that if you win a major tournament then you are in such elite company you deserve the extra cash to play and that way every player in the field would know who is getting paid and why. He also added that if this were to be the case then ALL the great Aussie players, Allenby, Appleby, Baddeley, Scott, Laycock, Hughes, Senden, Lonard to name just a few MUST support the Tour downunder as well regardless of whether or not they get paid to show up or not. I think this is a great idea and the better calibre of home bred player we attract back to Australia to play these events, the more likely we are to get, for want of a better description, 2nd string top line players like Howell, Perry, Sutherland, Kuchar, Dummy spitting bad boy Pat Perez, Sluman, gay, DiMarco...Guys who are in the mix consistently and winners or near winners of PGA Tour Events to come over here and play for free, just because the field is strong, meaning the crowds are strong, meaning sponsorship is strong, meaning prizemoney is worthwhile and every one knows the calibre of the courses is beyond reproach...how can anyone lose???
It's a great idea, all it needs is good management and above all else, the support of the Top Australian Players!
Do you Guys have an opinion?