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Q&A: Professional golfers don't pay an entry fee for tournaments

No entry fee for pro golfers

How much do professional golfers have to pay to enter a tournament? I'm sure there is no set price for all tournaments. How about the Masters?

Laura Hill, senior director of communications for the PGA Tour, said a tour member is required only to pay $50 as a gratuity for the locker room attendants, but no tournament entry fee. Annual dues are $100 for tour members.

And there is also no entry fee to play the Masters, according to a spokeswoman.

Masters win worth $1.35 million

How much did the top winners of the 2010 Masters win and how much were their caddies paid?

Phil Mickelson won $1.35 million, or 18 percent of the total purse, for winning the 2010 Masters, and Lee Westwood, who finished second, won $810,000. Third-place finisher Anthony Kim won $510,000 and KJ Choi and Tiger Woods each won $330,000 for finishing tied for fourth.

According to a 2007 Forbes article, professional caddies are paid according to how their golfer performs, but the breakdown usually goes something like this: A base salary of $1,000 a week plus 5 percent of the tournament purse, 7 percent of a top 10 finish and 10 percent for a victory.

Tiger has three half-siblings

Does Tiger Woods have any brothers or sisters, and did he attend Stanford on a scholarship?

Eldrick "Tiger" Woods was born Dec. 30, 1975, in Cypress, Calif., and is the only child of the late Earl Woods and his wife, Kultida. He has two half-brothers and a half-sister from his father's first marriage, according to the Associated Press.

Woods' father, a Green Beret, gave his son the nickname Tiger in honor of South Vietnamese army officer Nguyen "Tiger" Phong, who Earl Woods met while serving in the Vietnam War.

Woods enrolled at Stanford in the mid 1990s on a golf scholarship and left college to turn professional in 1996, when he was 20. His first major victory was the 1997 Masters. Woods has won 14 major tournaments, second to Jack Nicklaus' 18.

Similar names, different games

Is Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Augusta National Masters winner, any relation to Max Immelmann, the famous World War I German fighter pilot?

Golfer Trevor Immelman and World War I pilot Lt. Max Immelmann spell their names differently and are not related. Trevor's father, Johan, says his son is the seventh generation of South African Immelmans, who left Germany in 1741.

Max Immelmann was born in Dresden, Germany, and was one of that country's first air aces. The Immelmann turn is named for him. It is an airplane maneuver that starts with a half loop up, followed by a half roll. It was reported that Immelmann was shot down by a British pilot in 1916 over France.

Q&A: Professional golfers don't pay an entry fee for tournaments 04/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 5:59pm]
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