For most touring pros, the 1995 season is over. For others, the year is just getting interesting. Last week's Sarazen World Open and Kapalua International marked the opening of golf's Second (a.k.a. Silly) Season—the series of invitation-only, usually made-for-TV events that, while unofficial, can be milked for more money than an entire season on Tour. In 1994, for example, Fred Couples, the acknowledged king of the Second Season, won almost half again as much ($907,000) as he did in official tournaments ($625,654). And Couples didn't even play in the most lucrative Second Season event, the Million Dollar Challenge in South Africa. Nick Faldo won that, and made more in four days than he did on the '94 European Tour ($816,379). Who gets invited to this free lunch? All it takes is a big year (winning a major helps) or a big name (for TV ratings). Although most of the events are strictly for show, some definitely are better theater than others. Here's our viewer's guide to the Second Season.
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