Sold! Golf with Tiger at $51,000 per player

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Playing a round of golf with Tiger Woods didn't come easy - nor was it cheap.

Two weeks of online bidding through ended April 14 with the four winners each paying $51,000 to play with Woods at his home course of Isleworth in Windermere, Florida.

The total of $204,000 for the foursome was the largest bid ever on

The names of the winners were not releasat two men were from New York, one from New Jersey and one from Pebble Beach.

Two of the winning bids were placed by their wives as a present, and one man was a previous winner - he bought a round with Arnold Palmer for his father.

Berger said 44 bids were offered. One man from Korea thought he had a winner at $50,000 until he was beat out in the final two minutes of the online auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Tiger Woods Foundation.



Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie will be among those taking part in a unique hole-in-one contest during the Deustch Bank-SAP Open in Germany next month.

The tee box will be on the roof of a 100-foot building in Hamburg. The green will be about 135 yards away, across a busy street in the middle of a shopping district, to another rooftop.

The competition will take place on May 18, after the first round of the European tour event. A hole-in-one is worth about $25,000, with about $5,000 for closest to the pin, which might be anything that lands on the roof.

Each player will get three shots. Proceeds will go to "Net Young Future," a group that offers vocational and Internet training to young people regardless of their socioeconomic background.



Karrie Webb was awestruck upon meeting Christopher Reeve last year during the LPGA's Big Apple Classic, and promised herself she would find a way to help the actor find a cure for paralysis.

The result is the inaugural Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-Am at Manhattan Woods in New York on July 10, which will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

Among those who already have committed to play in the July 10 event are Beth Daniel, Lorie Kane, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins, along with actor Alec Baldwin. An auction after the tournament will include a chance to caddie for Webb in the Big Apple pro-am, and to appear as an extra on the set of a Reeve movie.

The pro-am is as much a tribute to Reeve as to Kelvin Haller, Webb's coach in Australia who is a quadriplegic. He remains the biggest influence on a career that has seen her soar to the top of women's golf. Haller works with her when Webb goes home, and analyses her swing through videos she sends him on the Internet.



Wave good-bye to the wave.

For the past 27 years, Pebble Beach Golf Links has been identified by a wave and the famous Lone Cypress tree. Now, the logo is being replaced with a sharper image of a Lone Cypress in a circle with 1919, the year Pebble Beach was founded.

"The desire was to have a logo that captured more of the tradition and history of the company," said Pebble Beach spokesman Mark Verbonich.

The new logo is being marketed now, and Pebble officials say the conversion will be fully changed over in time for the U.S. Open in June.

Verbonich said research for the new logo began more than a year ago, before a group headed by Peter Uerberroth, Arnold Palmer, Clint Eastwood and Richard Ferris bought Pebble Beach for $820 million.



Juli Inkster's victory in the Longs Drug Challenge marked the fourth straight year with at least one win. Only four other players have longer streaks on the LPGA Tour.

Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam are on six-year winning streaks, dating to 1995. Rosie Jones also has at least one victory dating to '95, although she hasn't won this year. And Kelly Robbins has won every year since 1993, but her last victory was the first event of 1999 and she hasn't seriously contended since then.



"Seve seems impossible to beat." - Colin Montgomerie, losing captain of Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Ballesteros Trophy. Montgomerie also lost his singles match to Ballesteros, the European captain.