Tiger Woods acknowledged Tuesday that being paid an appearance fee played a significant role in deciding to open his 2012 season in the Middle East instead of California. He is making his season debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, which begins Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. When asked if appearance money was the major factor in his decision making, Woods agreed it was, "I'd have to say yes, it certainly does." The tournament purse in Abu Dhabi of $2.7 million, is less than half of what is being offered this week on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, but only slightly more than what Woods is believed to be receiving just for showing up here. During the interview Woods also bemoaned having to answer questions about Hank Haney's revealing book; "Certainly it's something I have to deal with. I get asked at press conferences what these guys have done, and that's just part of it. Am I disappointed; yes. Frustrated, certainly, because I have to answer the questions. It's been awhile since I haven't had to answer those questions and I guess I'll have to continue doing it. I think I've answered all the questions on that." I wonder if any of the other players, like world number one Luke Donald were given huge sums of money just to turn up in the middle east on a paid vacation.