LAS VEGAS — The price of a round of golf was taken to extremes at the Rio Pavilion on Saturday night when one man bid $65,000 so that he and three buddies could play 18 holes with Tiger Woods on his home course in Orlando, Fla. The price does, however, include lunch. In all, the 1,000 guests at Tiger Jam II raised $500,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which supports programs offering positive opportunities for inner-city youth across America. Ticket prices to the dinner, auction and concert sets by Celine Dion and Glenn Frey ranged from $500 to $1,250.
It clearly was a sporting crowd, with Charles Barkley, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton in attendance. And while a George Lucas-autographed “Star Wars: Episode I” poster brought a measly $750, a Wheaties box signed by Mark McGwire fetched $2,400.
Tyro golfer Bruce Willis, who has been taking lessons from Las Vegas pro Butch Harmon, also attended.
Despite the boffo Nielsen ratings of the Woods-David Duval showdown — which aired in primetime Aug. 2 on ABC — suggesting crossover interest in Woods among a non-golfing crowd, Woods says he has no other ambitions in front of the camera. When asked about switching careers, his quick response was, “Me? Act? I golf. I like what I do. I just want to play golf.”
And his favorite movie? “Caddyshack,” he said with a sly grin.