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Skins Game postponed for 2009

There will be at least one less ‘Silly Season’ event this year. From AP-

The Skins Game, a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for nearly three decades, became golf’s latest victim of the economic downturn when organizers said it would be postponed this year with no guarantees it would return.

IMG, which manages the Skins Game, had been negotiating a contract extension with LG when the Korean-based electronics company elected not to renew.

“We did another pass through the market place and couldn’t find a title sponsor,” said Mark Steinberg, head of IMG’s golf division.

The Skins Game, now a staple in the “silly season,” was a novelty when it began in 1983 with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Watson. It has struggled to attract an All-Star lineup in recent years, and TV ratings have plunged.

K.J. Choi won the Skins Game last year, ending the two-year reign of Stephen Ames. Fred Funk won the year before that.

As you can see what was a holiday event feature golf’s greatest, present and past, has instead become a exhibition of any warm bodies who have nothing else to do. I rarely watched the Skins game and won’t miss it at all.

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