Both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are currently on their way home after just two rounds at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Both players failed to make the cut and the supposed 2013 debut of the “Tiger vs. Rory” dual turned into an embarrassing calamity of errors for each player.
McIlroy took part in an elaborate press conference earlier in the week announcing his new partnership with Nike while spending nearly an hour discussing how great he felt about his new equipment. He then proceeded to go out and miss virtually every fairway, look like a deer in the headlights standing over his short-iron shots and took his Nike Method putter out of the bag completely after just one round. So much for the seamless transition to his Nike equipment…but at least we all got a great commercial out of it, even if we had already seen the same commercial back in 1993 involving Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and a game of H-O-R-S-E.
Woods, who was paid a $3 million appearance fee, opened with an uneventful round of 72 and followed that up with a 75 after he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for taking an illegal drop on the fourth hole.
Woods hit his tee shot on the par-four fourth into a sandy area where his ball had become embedded. The rules for the week state that players may remove any ball that has become embedded and take a free drop. However, the European Tour also explicitly stated that this rule did not apply to sandy areas and bunkers. When Woods removed his embedded ball from a sandy area on the fourth hole, he committed a violation of the rules and was subsequently given a two stroke penalty, which wound up being the difference between making and missing the cut.
“I called Martin (Kaymer) over to verify the ball was embedded. We both agreed it was embedded and evidently it was in sand,” Woods said after his round.
But, things could have been far worse for Woods in Abu Dhabi; after all, he was paid $3 million for playing two rounds of golf. That works out to $1.5 million per round, which is a rate of $375,000 per hour, $83,333 per hole and $20,408 per stroke…must be nice.
If this were a video game and not real life, you can be assured that Woods and McIlroy would be reaching for the reset button quicker than you could say the word “Nike”.
And if this were a game of Monopoly and not real life, you can be assured that tournament organizers would be asking for another role of the dice.