Q. All of them are coming here next year, all of the World Golf Championships. Is it getting to be that the purses are so good here that you might not need to go next time, an American Express or whatever goes to Spain or goes to Ireland, or do you think you owe it to go? Not you specifically, but some of the Americans.
DAVIS LOVE: Well, I think they have proven that the purses are so good over here that if they take it to Australia or Spain, somewhere where guys don't want to go, that there are going to be guys that don't golf, so I doubt they are going to do it a whole lot anymore.
It's obviously proven that guys from overseas will come here to play, so the sponsors are going to dictate -- I know American Express wasn't real thrilled, or any of them wouldn't be thrilled. So we hope that they are closer. They are talking about Mexico and Canada and not going too far away from the U.S., because, you know, that's where more of the majority of players live. That's where the majority of the sponsors come from.
Q. That's where the money is?
DAVIS LOVE: Well, it's where the sponsors come from.
Now, obviously, American Express is a worldwide company, but as far as corporate entertaining and feeling like they are part of it, I'm sure that if they have a successful event in the U.S. versus missing a few guys -- and you know the only ones they are going to miss are going to be top players, so they don't want to take a chance on that.
But, you know, if it's a good golf course and in a places that I like to go, I would definitely go. It's well worth it. I mean, if they had the Wachovia tournament that they are having at Charlotte, if they had it in Mexico City, we'd probably go because it's a big purse and play a good golf course; we'd probably go.
Q. If they went to a great place in Europe that you really liked the course and they took The Match Play form at there, would you go?
DAVIS LOVE: Oh, yeah.
Q. Even if it was late in the year, not over Christmas --
DAVIS LOVE: Yeah, if it was mid-November.
Q. So you wouldn't be opposed to going for a tournament where you could come home quickly; you face that possible possibility?
DAVIS LOVE: Yeah, it's harder with The Match Play, but I wouldn't be opposed to it. Australia was a little far.
The reason why I don't play in Australia or the Far East or as much in Europe is just because of the travel. In the middle of the year or end of the year, I don't want to be traveling that much with a bad back, like Freddie; it's just hard to go that many times.
Somebody told me I needed to play moreover seas and I said, "Well, I'm playing the British Open, I'm playing in Ireland and then I'm playing at The Belfry." That's three times overseas to me, three different events, and that's probably enough.
You know, if I get in Mercedes, that's overseas, and Sony, just to start the year off, if you're coming from Georgia, it's easier to go to Scotland than it is to go to Hawaii. (Laughter.) There's a lot of traveling.
The more you're home, I mean, going places like here, great golf course that we've only seen once in a city that we've only been to a few times, it's great to play it up here. This is like new territory for us.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Davis.
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