Jan 16, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT
Things Are Tough All Over. And when it begins to affect professional golfers, you know said things are indeed tough. All over.
Not only are PGA Tour players facing the uncertain economic future of life on the Tour without Tiger Woods serving as engineer on the Money Train, the elite fraternity will now be forced to deal with an ultimate indignity at this month’s San Diego Open:
No courtesy cars will be provided. What the fungus?
How dare they? What could possibly be the reason behind this tragic injustice? Will these professional golfers who are barely scraping by as it is be forced to – GASP! – rent their own luxury vehicles for their travel to and from the lavish homes they rent out during the tournament? No sir, this is just not right.
The primary reason as to why PGA golfers will have to fend for themselves insofar as their automobile travel is concerned is likely due to the fact that the San Diego Open, held annually at the majestic Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, was previously known as the Buick Invitational. After Buick pulled out as a sponsor after last year’s tournament, it made little sense for them to provide – um, Skylarks? – to competitors in the event at no charge.
According to Tom Wilson, tournament director of the San Diego Open, the event usually received over 180 cars from Buick – 150 for players and the rest used for transportation, display on the golf course and evacuations.
The players will now be offered a discount at Enterprise and National Rent-A-Car for the week of the event and the cars needed by the tournament will be supplied by local dealers.
Ooh la la, a discount you say? Thank goodness.
But before you begin to feel too bad for PGA Tour players, not every event in which they compete are robbing them of their right to freebies that should rightfully go along with the exorbitant purses that are ripe for the taking. For instance, the Bob Hope Classic, which takes place a week prior to the San Diego Open, players will be able to use a luxury car, SUV or van from National without charge.
Sure, it’s not on par with receiving total consciousness on their deathbed, but they do have a free rental car goin’ for them, which is nice.
Car trouble for the PGA Tour elite [Lawrence Donegan's Golf Blog]
Buick out as courtesy car provider in San Diego [Golfweek]
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