Tiger Woods appeared to turn his back on Torrey Pines when he announced last week that he would open his 2012 season that week in Abu Dhabi at the HSBC Championship, with an appearance fee that likely approaches $3 million.
The only two continents where the Presidents Cup has not been played are Asia and South America, which is likely to change when the next one goes overseas in 2015. And while Asia appears to have more appeal, South America might be more critical.
Except for the red carpet in bunkers on the practice range, signs posted in English and Chinese, and bicycles competing with BMWs for space on the road, the HSBC Champions looks like any other World Golf Championship.
The PGA Tour player of the year race isn't over yet.
Luke Donald can only hope that shooting 30 on his last nine holes to win at Disney was the hard part.
Even without Tiger Woods dominating golf, the PGA Tour announced its longest network television deal in history Thursday that secures broadcast rights for the next 10 years.
Ernie Els sure didn't look to be down in the dumps for someone who has tumbled so far in the FedEx Cup.
Even as he took the high road Wednesday in a nasty split with his longtime caddie, Tiger Woods lowered his standard of success on the eve of the PGA Championship.
Adam Scott won his first World Golf Championship on Sunday with a caddie who has been part of quite a few more.