Will the caviar and champagne still flow at the corporate PGA tents in 2009?
Northern Trust Open
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
EDS Byron Nelson Championship
Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley
U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
RBC Canadian Open
Deutsche Bank Open
Merrill Lynch Shootout
Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America
A couple of these companies may not be around when the 2009 season kicks off. Can the rest afford to hold hospitality tents serving hour’s devours, fine wine and other beverages to a few privileged few or hold that money in reserves for your relative’s mortgage or your next door neighbor’s new car?
Who is going to fill the void left by Wachovia, another automobile giant like Chrysler or Buick who are not exactly in the best shape either? What about Wal-Mart of McDonalds who ponies up? Not likely because golf isn’t exactly their target market.
Will the federal government bailout money with your hard earned tax dollars (mine too) support these tournaments? Let’s just hope we don’t see the Fannie Mae Classic or the AIG Open next year. But if they do, just don’t charge us for tickets and parking or expect us to spend $8 for a ham/cheese sandwich or $4 for a beer. Nope, we already paid for it.