complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
Maybe I should
send it to Finchem instead.
JASON GORE likes
the view from 45,000 feet. The feel of it too. He's a big man, so the padded
armrests and generous legroom provide a level of luxury he could only dream
about two years ago, when he was driving his wife and infant son to Nationwide
tour stops in a car packed with practically everything the family owned. One
night, at a motel in Asheville, N.C., someone broke into the car and took
everything. But, hey, this is America. A week later Gore's mug was as familiar
as Suze Orman's--thanks to his play at the U.S. Open. Three months later Gore
had three straight Nationwide wins, a promotion to the PGA Tour and a stunning
victory at the 84 Lumber Classic. So now he's a winner, like Tiger, and can
cross his legs as he soars above Ohio in the G5.
little kids at heart," says Gore. I think of Tiger at 16, excited about a
puppy and anxious to join Pops and his mom for a chain-store pizza.
An hour later the
plane touches down in Teterboro, N.J., and we pile into a shuttle for the ride
to lower Manhattan and the World Financial Center. It's the last stop on the
Sumo2 tour, and Gore's job is to answer reporters' questions and then smack
balls in one of two cages set up in an atrium bright with Christmas lights and
potted poinsettias. He's a natural at this, and hundreds of brokers, executives
and office workers stop to watch on their way out, some of them stepping into
the cages to hit a few balls. I watch for a while and then stroll over to the
glass wall to take in the big view of New York Harbor and the Statue of
Liberty. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses....
I wonder where
Tiger is and what he's doing.
SO HERE'S my final
accounting: Tiger Woods, in fiscal 2006, earned $11,941,827 in prize money and
roughly $90 million from appearance fees, endorsements, corporate outings,
speaking engagements, books, licensing fees, instructional videos and Tiger
Woods--branded products ranging from wine to grass seed. His income from stocks
and other investments is harder to gauge; based on the results of my own
closely managed portfolio, I estimate that he made another $600, minimum.
from an estimated income of $101,942,427--and basing my calculations on a
52-week year and a federally mandated five-day work week of eight hours a
day--I value my 10 minutes of Tiger's undivided attention at $8,168.46.
of course, does not guarantee future results.