With $1 million in winnings at last weekend's Skins Game at Landmark Golf Club in Indio, Calif., Greg Norman became the first golfer in the 18-year history of the event to pocket the entire purse. The three other participants—Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik and Tiger Woods—claimed nothing from the pot. But did they really walk away empty-handed?
Although each competitor's expenses are covered by the event's sponsors, it's technically true that the Skins Game players receive no guaranteed money. However, while Montgomerie and Parnevik apparently did go home cashless, Woods was compensated for his appearance. Last summer he signed a reported five-year, multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Disney, parent company of Skins Game broadcaster ABC, to play in one made-for-TV event per year. Four of those will be Skins Games. In essence Woods's payout for last weekend's work was at least as much as Norman's. You didn't really expect Tiger to get shut out completely, did you?