NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas – A week in paradise. A beach villa. Significant points in the world rankings are at stake. Thanks to Tiger Woods. Shifts of less than four hours. Serious salaries for everyone.
There are more difficult sales than the Hero World Challenge. If he finds players at one end of the professional golf spectrum sleeping in his cars, eating ramen and grinding in small turns, this … this is the other end of that spectrum. In weeks like this they continue to look for the dream after the dream.
The top 20 players in the world have gathered in Albany this week for a hyper-elite enclave (and tax haven) on the southern shore of New Providence Island in the Bahamas to play in a tournament that should be the most enjoyable golfer in the world. today. It’s not just the money, it’s huge: there’s a $ 3.5 million bag, the winner takes home a million dollars, and the last-place finisher is making $ 100,000 for his efforts, though he certainly sweetens the jar.
On the field of 20 people all the players remain at the gates of Albany this year. Those who are really ready to splurge get a villa on the beach. Or, if you’re a Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland, you halve the cost of a villa and stay all week. There are also six elegant homes surrounding a 71-slot harbor, where a $ 20 million sailboat looks like a boat. (Everything is relative, of course). The largest water tank parked there this week is the Saint Nicolas, a 70-meter beauty, which, according to SuperYachtFan.com, has a nice $ 70 million. Rumor has it that Joe Louis — along with Woods, Ernie Els, and Justin Timberlake, who founded the Tavistock Group in Albany — must park his sailboat outside the marina and take a small boat ashore. Hers will not fit.
Each guest roars about 600 acres of land in golf carts. In addition to the Albany Golf Club, which hosts this week, there are tennis courts, nine restaurants, paddle tennis courts, three swimming pools, a beach – where Morikawa proposed to his ex-girlfriend, Katherine Zhu, on Tuesday evening – a nice comedy. a fitness center, 24-hour concierge service, a horse program, and a world-class recording studio hosted by Drake and Justin Bieber. This sounds like an ad for Albany; It is not. And if so, would you pay for it?
“In terms of time, as you can see, it’s almost sunset and we don’t have too much time [to enjoy]Morikawa said, “But after a day or two we will stay and try to enjoy, relax and rest.”
The tournament itself feels like an exhibition, yes, it does. There are no FedEx Cup points in the game, and the win doesn’t count as an official PGA Tour victory. Lack of crowds and poor applause create a sleepy atmosphere. But the faces of the game will appear on Sunday evening, as they win $ 1 million and save the world by 48 points in the world standings, more than the 44 points received by Talor Gooch for winning the RSM Classic across the field two weeks ago. In the case of the textbook Enriching the Rich, with the added benefit of feeling good when the pillow hits the head, this event benefits the Woods TGR Foundation, whose role is to provide access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. children with disadvantages.
In golf, this is the top percent of the top. That’s why when Patrick Cantlay’s retirement opened a place for Matt Fitzpatrick, the English had no hesitation in accepting his invitation. In his words: “The fastest of all time.”