Golf

Measuring the ‘Tiger effect’ – doubling of Tour prizes, billions into players’ pockets

By Roger Pielke Jr 6 August 2014  With the final Major of the golf season starting on Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, most of the talk in anticipation of the PGA Championship is about a player who almost certainly has no chance of winning, even if he were to play. I’m of course referring to Tiger Woods. Woods reinjured his back last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational leading to questions about his future – not just this week, but as a professional golfer. With Tiger on everyone’s mind, I thought it worth taking a look at his impact on the...


France will host 2018 Ryder Cup after all-star support

By Sportingintelligence 17 May 2011 France have won the right to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup, seeing off challenges from rival bids from Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. France's campaign had a number of high-profile supporters from sports away from golf, including Manchester City's Patrick Vieira, who outlined France's Ryder Cup case to sportingintelligence in March, in articles linked here and linked here. The France 2018 bid emphasised its legacy value, which proved sufficient to see it past an understanably emotional appeal to send the event to Spain in memory of the late, great Seve Ballesteros. More about the bidding process can be found...


Rio Ferdinand, English football’s Twitter king, closes in on 1m followers

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 12 May 2011 Rio Ferdinand is closing in on a new Twitter landmark of one million followers, a milestone that will cement the Manchester United centre-half’s place as the most popular English footballer on the micro-blogging network. The 32-year-old England international is also the most followed footballer of any nationality based in Britain, and one of the world’s most popular athletes from any sport on Twitter. At 3pm today Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) had 993,002 followers, and is adding them at a rate of around 200 per hour. At that speed, he should go past the million mark...