Big Three earn $107m in 2014, McIlroy to play Open charity event - Gossip

Palmer, Nicklaus, Player in Forbes' Rich List for retired sportsmen, McIlroy confirms Open charity event

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015
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Big Three top Forbes rich list

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are all in Forbes's top-six highest-paid retired athletes of 2014 list.

Palmer, 85, was third behind Michael Jordan and David Beckham, with total earnings of $42m (£28m) in 2014, while 18-time major winner Nicklaus, 75, came fourth after banking $28m (£18m). South Africa's Player, 79, joins the list at tied-sixth after raking in $21m.

Forbes said they looked at a variety of factors, including salaries, speaking deals, endorsements, book deals and golf course design.

McIlroy to play Open charity event

Rory McIlroy will play the four-hole Champions Challenge at St Andrews the day before the opening round of the 2015 Open at the Home of Golf.

The field at the charity event, set to comprise former Open winners Tom Watson, John Daly and Tiger Woods, will play the Old Course’s first, second, 17th and 18th holes. 

Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, David Duval and Louis Oosthuizen have also been invited and are expected to attend. 

Woods's name not owned by Nike

Tiger Woods’s agent denied claims Nike own the 14-time major champion's name, branding the reports “wholly inaccurate”.

A story has been circulating that Woods’s new restaurant is not permitted to use the former world number one’s name in its title.  

But Mark Steinberg told Golf Channel: “I can’t imagine how this could have been communicated this way. It is wholly inaccurate and categorically false.

“Tiger owns his own name and always had. He can use his name in any form he chooses."

A Nike spokeswoman said: "Nike does not own the name 'Tiger Woods’. We can confirm that Mark Steinberg's comments are accurate."

Ko embroiled in secret donation scandal 

Secret donations of more than $100,000 from a Korean Government-backed bank to Lydia Ko’s family are being investigated by New Zealand's Internal Affairs department, according to the NZ Herald.

The money, filtered through an Auckland charity in 2012 and 2013, is thought to have been gifted to the Korean-born player’s family as the bank wanted to assist the Kiwi golfer, but feared a backlash for supporting a non-Korean citizen.

The world number one’s family say they have no knowledge of, or influence over, the internal affairs of the bank or charity.

Ko, 17, is the youngest ever world number one in golf. 

Huge alligator snapped on Florida course

A 13-foot alligator was snapped on a Florida course, but locals say it was nothing compared to the 15-foot beast they called “Big George”.

Alligators are a common sight at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, so the members don’t take much notice.

“If we stopped playing because of alligators, we'd never have golfers,” said Mickie Zada, the club's general manager.  

2017 Irish Open will stay at Lough Erne


The European Tour has denied rumours Donald Trump wants to take the 2017 Irish Open to Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland, more commonly known as Doonbeg.

The Tour awarded the competition to Lough Erne Resort in 2017, with Royal County Down staging this year’s edition, and a spokesman said it will stay this way.

Scott pleased with putter transition

Adam Scott’s transition to a short putter at the WGC-Cadillac Championship appeared seamless with the Australian holing a number of important putts at Doral, helping him to finish tied-fourth.

“I felt good with it last week and that’s why I wanted to give it a run and made a lot of putts,” Scott said. “Overall, I had a really good week putting and I don’t expect anything different this week (at the Valspar Championship).”

The former Masters champion was 16th in the PGA Tour’s distance analysis category, converting 10 of 15 attempts from four-to-eight feet, and five of nine attempts from 10-to-15 feet.

Scott made the change ahead of the 2016 anchored putting ban.

 

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