A mixed-team match featuring Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam in Toronto hit financial snags over the weekend, and will not be played.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
Norton:A mixed-team match featuring Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam to revive Toronto's SARS-ravaged tourism industry hit financial snags over the weekend and will not be played. Woods and Sorenstam were to play a televised match on September 23 against Canada's most famous golfers, Masters champion Mike Weir and Lorie Kane, at Magna Golf Club just north of Toronto. "It's not going to happen," said a source close to Woods' camp. The match had been in works since July, with the original date scheduled for August 25. It was pushed back a month when funding fell through, then revived last week. According to the source, who was helping organizers with the deal, at least two significant groups could not come up with at least $1.5 million required to stage the exhibition. Outside of Asia, Toronto had the largest outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, a potentially deadly ailment. City officials insist the danger was overblown and are working to bring back tourists. The match was to bring attention to Toronto as a vacation destination, similar to how Nick Faldo and Ernie Els played an exhibition in Bali in February to support tourism after a terrorist attack killed nearly 200 people. Woods has played in Canada the last three years. He won the Canadian Open in 2000 at Glen Abbey outside Toronto then tied for 23rd the next year at Royal Montreal. (AP)