Legends line up for next
Battle at Bighorn
Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia and Lee Trevino will compete next
summer in the third annual "Battle at Bighorn."
Woods, the world's top-ranked player, and Nicklaus will battle Garcia and Trevino
in a best-ball made-for-television event to be aired live by ABC Sports in prime
time on July 29.
"The four players we have represent the greatest and most entertaining
players in the history of the game," said Alastair Johnson, president of
IMG International, one of the event's sponsors. "Having them compete on the
same stage in front of such a broad audience will stimulate the interest of viewers
way beyond traditional golf fans."
It will be the fourth live telecast of a golf event in prime time.
In 1999, Woods defeated David Duval, 2 and 1, in the "Showdown at Sherwood."
The following year, Garcia beat Woods, 1-up, in the first "Battle of Bighorn."
This past summer, the format was altered as Woods teamed with Annika Sorenstam
to defeat Duval and Karie Webb in an alternate shot format.
"Tiger and prime time television have already proven to be a very entertaining
combination," said ABC Sports president Howard Katz. "Now we have taken
the concept one step further with the addition of legends Jack Nicklaus and Lee
Trevino and the young sensational Sergio Garcia."
The winners will split $1.2 million from a purse of $1.7 million, while the
runners-up will divide $500,000. A total of $300,000 from the winner's share will
be designated for charity.
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