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THE MONEY QUESTION: The players in the Presidents Cup are not paid for their participation. There is no purse and there is no prize money.
Instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant designates charities or golf-related projects of his choice to receive a portion of the funds raised through the staging of the event.
The charities specified by the 2013 participants will not be announced until later. Among those that benefited in 2001 were cancer support groups, wildlife relief funds, children’s health and welfare associations, individual players’ foundations, schools (Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech) and dozens of others.
More than $4.5 million was distributed to charities from the 2011 Presidents Cup.
“Obviously, the goal is to win the match, win the Cup _ all that,” Haas said. “But down the road, Webb is a friend that I’m going to have my whole life. So it’ll be certainly something we’ll talk about for a long time.”
They probably won’t recount the last hole, which they lost while halving their match.
NOT AN OFF WEEK: Woods was asked what he did with his time away from the course last week.
“Chased a 4- and a 6-year-old,” he said, referring to daughter Sam and son Charlie.
So, did you ever catch them?
“I’m taller,” he said. “So, yeah.”
DIVOTS: Jack Nicklaus is unofficial host of this year’s Presidents Cup. He likely will be again at the next one in 2015 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea. … Light rain fell off and on throughout Thursday’s play. It’s expected to be warm and sunny on Friday, but there’s a chance of showers on Saturday afternoon. A cold front will drop the temperatures to the mid-70s with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. … A reminder: There are 34 matches, so it takes 17 1/2 points to capture the Cup. … A group of International fans were cheering and getting boisterous behind the ninth green as the first few groups came through when a lone fan of the U.S. side started loudly singing, “God Bless America.” … Bradley hit a male spectator in the head while trying to drive the par-4 14th. The man was helped by EMTs. … Graham DeLaet lost the lucky quarter he uses to mark his ball, so he borrowed one from some International fans. … The U.S. has led after the first day in seven of the 10 previous Cups. … There are 11 players making their debut in the Presidents Cup, the most ever. … With his victory alongside Kuchar, Woods now holds the record by himself for most Presidents Cup matches won with 21 (Jim Furyk had won 20).
By Bob Dole
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