Watched the Trump Million Dollar Invitational last night on Eurosport. In case you didn’t see it, the rules are as following:
The Trump Million Dollar Invitational was conducted from May 21-26, 2006. The event was a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition without the benefit of handicap. The players with the ten lowest scores advanced to the Grand Prize Shootout on May 26, 2006. Ties in the 54-hole tournament were broken by a playoff starting on the 10th hole of the Trump International Golf Club and continued until there were ten players left that advanced to the Grand Prize Shootout.
The ten Grand Prize Shootout finalists competed in a nine-hole playoff where one player was eliminated on each hole until there were only two players left, who then played the final hole for the $1 Million Grand Prize. Ties on each hole were broken by participation in a skills competition by all players who tied for the highest score on each hole until one player was eliminated. Skills challenges included putting, chipping, sand shots, etc., and were chosen at the discretion of the Tournament Director and fully disclosed prior to the commencement of the Grand Prize Shootout.
To enter the competition, you had to pay $15.000. Not only is this a load of money, you then also had to pay for your stay at the Raffles Resort Canouan Island at just $850 per night (breakfast not included). You really have to be confident in your golf skills when you invest that much for your shot at the million dollar.
Anyway, it was really interesting to watch, seeing the pressure rising onto the players as the shootout progressed. The skills challenges to break the ties we’re really a test, the players just had one shot to remain in the competition or go home early. To produce a good shot under these circumstances is a challenge to pros, but an even bigger task for the scratch-golf amateurs.
In case you are interested, the 2007 Invitational is waiting for your entry!
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