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Thursday, 28 January 2016

To the Victor the Spoils

I was watching the Singapore Open last night.  Jordan Spieth is playing in the field of primarily Asian Tour players.  The closest player to him is, as far as world rankings is concerned, is An, who is number 26.  One would think therefore, that if Jordan plays his game, he will win the 50th playing of this championship.  But, in golf, anything can happen.

Jordan started with a solid, if unspectacular, four under par score of 67.  Other than a twenty footer for birdie on his first hole, he made nothing on the greens, two putting for birdies on three par fives.  At the end of my viewing he was tied with An for top spot.

I noted that Spieth was paid the princely sum of 1.3 million dollars just to make an appearance in Singapore.  I imagine his appearance fee is pretty close to the total purse that the rest of the field are playing for.  And, quite frankly, I don't know what to think about that.  It reminds me of the time Tiger went to play in New Zealand for a million bucks, more than the total purse, and finished something like seventeenth.  

I guess you can say that this is simply a case of the saying being true: to the victor the spoils.  One thing for certain; life will never be the same for this terrific young man.  Let's just hope all the money that everyone wants to throw at him doesn't change him.  And, let's hope he finishes higher than seventeenth.