Players paid stipend for canceled Viking Classic
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The PGA Tour is providing a $4,000 stipend for travel expenses to each of the 132 players in the Viking Classic, which was canceled because of recurring wet conditions, tournament director Randy Watkins confirmed. The total stipend of $528,000, paid for by the Tour and not the Viking, came out of the $3.6 million purse.
“That was a Tour decision and I think it’s a good thing to do, a generous good-faith gesture,” Watkins said. “Guys spent a lot of money to go to work and couldn’t get to do their work.”
Watkins said the Viking’s Century Club Charities will have its portion of the purse returned. He said the event’s five sponsors would receive a credit toward next year and that the tournament would incur a small net loss as a result of the cancellation.