Golf: Tiger Woods urged to 'respect' WGC-HSBC Champions
(AFP) - HSBC's sponsorship chief has urged Tiger Woods to respect the bank's large investment by playing at this year's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai instead of "meaningless... money-making opportunities".
Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship, said the bank had "had words" with the golf Tours about impressing on players the importance of appearing at the sport's biggest events.
World No. 1 Woods has caused controversy by skipping the last two editions of the US$8.5 million (S$10.75 million) tournament, the richest seen in Asia, in favour of exhibition appearances in the region.
"I do think the Tours - and I think the Tours are working on this - should make sure that there is respect to the tournaments," Morgan said in an interview in Singapore.