HSBC is not happy with Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods
By mustang6560 on 10/31/12
The fourth and final World Golf Championships event, the HSBC Champions, starts in a few hours and the field is strong — 13 of the top 20 players in the world will be competing for a piece of the $7 million prize.

But two of the seven players in the top 20 that aren't in the field include Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, world number one and world number two respectively. The fact neither player decided to make the short trip to Guangdong following their 18-hole exhibition in nearby Zhengzhou makes Giles Morgan mad. And when Giles, who is the group head of sponsorship at HSBC, gets mad, he's tells you he's mad.
"On one hand we are delighted to have 13 of the world's top 20 here, but of course we're disappointed not to have the two top players in the world," said Morgan. "Both have sent me apologies but this is an event which should be regarded by all players as it is by the tours and the media as one of the top events in the world.

"Therefore I feel strongly that the top players should be here. I believe that golfers have a responsibility to their sponsors. Without the sponsors there isn't professional golf. I speak on behalf of the industry."
Giles has a point. The WGC events are supposed to be more prestigious than a regular PGA or European Tour event and if Rory and Tiger don't show up, then they're nothing more than another off season golf tournament.

Do you think Rory and Tiger are obligated to play in the WGC-HSBC Champions?

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[ comments ]
Ianinho says:
If they have nothing in their contract saying they have to play in this tournament, then they are perfectly within their rights not to play.
mmontisano says:
everyone's event is the top event in the them. and besides, it's the European Tour. if you want the top players to show up, give them an appearance fee. that usually works.

if the littler events on the PGA Tour were allowed to give appearance fees, they'd see more top players.
Matt McGee says:
It would be interesting to know why they both skipped the event. You know - the real reason - not the one they're going to publicize.
Torleif Sorenson says:
As important as Tiger and Rory are, what they did is basically the same as members of the Los Angeles Kings playing in the entire Stanley Cup playoffs, then skipping the NHL awards ceremony because they're "tired."
GolfSmith7 says:
Could it be because they have a big announcement to make in the states? Tiger welcoming Rory to the Nike team when they introduce there new "threat"? So instead of rushing home they could be rested for it and the new commercial shoots.
bobhooe says:
NFL players skipping the Pro Bowl, same deal.
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