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Local hero Stuart Appleby yesterday gave his endorsement to Tiger Woods's $3.25 million Australian Masters appearance fee - and said there was no reason he could not repay it immediately by winning at Kingston Heath this week.
Appleby said having Woods in the field would give a huge boost to the game in Australia and the Victorian government's gamble was a good bet. "This week's very unique," Appleby said. "You've got a guy on a big price-tag, a big roll on a colour - a red or black and bang, put it all down and it's an odds-on payer. It's a big investment but I think it's a real smart one. It's done right - ticket sales are through the roof, something we've not seen for a long time.
"There's not been anything like this since, I guess the '80s or '90s when you had the hugeness of Greg Norman playing great and the world's best players following him to play those tournaments.” To read more click here