Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Tiger and Rory lose October 09 2012

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy lost their first round matches in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, in Turkey at the Antalya  Golf Club. Tiger bogeyed the last hole to lose by one shot to  former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 6th hole during his PGA World Golf Final Group 1 match against Matt Kuchar of U.S. in Antalya, southern Turkey, October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas An unhappy Rory McIlroy/reuters Rory said of his day; " I hit my drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence. I now need to win both my matches tomorrow to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there today." The number one ranked Rory McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar, racking up some big numbers in the process including a triple-bogey and two double-bogeys.  Because it is medal match play, those high scores are much more costly than if it were straight match play, and it is now extremely unlikely that either Tiger or Rory will progress in this tournament. Only the top two players from each group go through to the semi finals. A telling point about Rory's state of mind, he had in tow his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Matt Kutchar played in shorts, and said he had a quiet match; "I just thought I had to play mistake-free and hopefully Rory wouldn't get too hot. Then we were all square with four to go, he hits it right and makes a triple bogey and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point." Tiger commented about his play; "It came right down to the wire but I can't believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker. It means I now have to play ‘Kooch' and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon. Despite the outcome I really enjoy the format. It's not something we play very often. I had a three-shot swing go against me on nine and a two-shot swing in my favor at 17 when I birdied the hole and Charl bogeyed." On the other side of the contest, Justin Rose won 71-75 over Hunter  Mahan, who failed to make a birdie. Then Lee Westwood defeated Webb Simpson by a stroke. Lee wore a huge smile on his face when he chipped in from off the green at the 17th to take charge of his match with Simpson, he said afterwards; "I played a great shot there even though I did not have too good a lie. The ball was sitting down where TV cables had been but it just came out perfect. It landed in the right spot and as soon as it got on the green it looked like going in." The two semifinals will be determined for Thursday's play with the finals taking place on Friday, the winner earning $1.5 million. What I want to know is, why are these multi-millionaires competing  for a measly $1.5 winners purse, in a war-torn area. Syria has just recently attacked Turkey with missiles, are these guys really that desperate for another mill ?