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Recently an IMG memo came to light, promising to deliver elite players to corporate outings during tournament weeks for $50,000 to $200,000. The memo insinuated that the players would then play in the tournament, creating a thinly veiled means of skirting the Tour's ban on appearance fees. Since then SI has uncovered a second memo that appears to widen the scandal.
MONDAY PRO-AM EVENT (OPTION TWO)
IMG will partner with your tournament in developing a unique, Monday golf event during the tournament week. The event will be run by IMG's Corporate Entertainment and Hospitality Group, which has years of experience in hosting and implementing special events with Tour players at top courses around the world. It is IMG's intention to secure six Tour professionals, focusing on those who traditionally have not played your tournament--these professionals will look favorably upon staying for the tournament, which may not enhance the strength of field but should increase TV viewership because these professionals receive enthusiastic support in their hometowns. Finally, this event will provide the tournament's sponsors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host clients or reward employees in an intimate setting with fairly well-known Tour professionals, creating an exceptional opportunity to build relationships. The sponsors may also use this day to entertain top performers through a sales incentive program.
TOUR PRO OPTIONS
IMG intends to secure several players from the following list of options:
Tier 1 (54-inch flat-screen HDTV, food processor, magnum of champagne)
* Joe Ogilvie (No. 58 World, No. 7 Money. Not Geoff.)
* Loren Roberts (No. 63 World, No. 48 Money. Will read all putts.)
* Aaron Oberholser (No. 67 World, No. 40 Money. Held 54-hole lead at Pebble.)