Tiger Woods announced Friday that he underwent a successful follow-up procedure to his September back surgery. This was done to relieve discomfort.
"It's one of those things that had to be done," Tiger said. "I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I'll be back as soon as I can."It was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich.
"Tiger is doing well, and we expect him to make a full recovery," Rich said.
There is no timetable for Woods' return to the PGA TOUR.
Woods is on bed rest and will miss his final design visit Thursday, Nov. 5, at Bluejack National, a Tiger Woods Design golf course outside Houston.
"I'm extremely disappointed not going to Bluejack, but I'm very excited about our grand opening in the spring," Tiger said. "It's a fantastic course, and we're very proud of our first U.S. design."
Woods is expected to attend and host the Hero World Challenge, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, but won't be able to play.
The tournament will take place Dec. 2-6 at Albany in the Bahamas and will feature 18 of the world's top-ranked golfers.
"I look forward to being at my event," Woods said. "Hero is a tremendous supporter of my foundation and particularly our scholars. I appreciate everything that Mr. Munjal (chairman, managing director and CEO of Hero MotoCorp) and his company do for us."
"My family and the fans' concern and support have helped a lot," Tiger said. "I'll be back, and I'll be ready to compete."
Tiger Woods has fallen below names like Robert Dinwiddie and Sunhoon Kang on the Official World Golf Ranking, but he still, somehow, holds the top spot in Forbes' Fab 40 list. The annual feature ranks the world's most valuable sports brands, breaking them into four categories: athletes, businesses, events, and teams.
Woods comes in at No. 1 among athletes at $30 million. That number isn't how much he earned in endorsements in 2015, but how much more he earned than the average endorsement income of the top 10 earners in his sport. This is done to figure out how much an athlete's name or brand alone is worth. Woods' earnings have decreased since his scandal in 2009, and in this metric, he fell $6 million from the previous year.
The 30-million figure kept him just ahead of Phil Mickelson, whose brand is worth $28 million, according to Forbes. The two golfers are just ahead of NBA superstar LeBron James and tennis great Roger Federer, who both check in at $27 million. A third golfer, Rory McIlroy, cracked the top 10 for the first time with a brand value of $12 million.
Not surprisingly, Woods and McIlroy's biggest sponsor, Nike, is the No. 1 sports business brand at $26 billion, $9 billion more than No. 2, ESPN. Under Armour is up to No. 4 at $5 billion, no doubt helped by the rise of Jordan Spieth, who won two majors in 2015 and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year. We can also assume that it won't be long before Spieth, 22, shows up on this list.
Also interesting to note is Sky Sports being ranked No. 5 in the business category. The satellite sports channel will take over Open Championship TV rights from BBC beginning in 2016.
Golf didn't make the cut in the sports event category, which was easily led by the Super Bowl at $580 million. The New York Yankees were the most valuable sports team at $661 million.
HAVANA TIMES – Cuban golf has made international headlines again this October. On this occasion, we read rumors that the island may create a Cuban Golf Federation.
During a gathering held at the beginning of the month (probably very elegant and refined, as the “updating” of the revolutionary process demands), The Iberian Culture Day Golf Tournament was held under the auspices of the Spanish embassy in Havana.
According to the magazine OnCuba, the vice-chair of the Cuban National Sports and Recreation Institute (INDER), Gladys Becquer, attended the gathering, and Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, the enthusiastic golfer and son of former President Fidel Castro, was among the VIP guests.
In the words of Juan Francisco Montalban Carrasco, Spanish ambassador to Havana, the son of the former leader is “yet another Cuban golf enthusiast.” Let us not forget that, in addition to race cars and exotic vacations, Castro has a keen taste for golf. In Varadero, he won the Esencia Cup during the 2012 Montecristo Cup tournament.
Antonio is one of 65 competitors from 11 different countries who signed up for the 14th Iberian Culture Day Tournament this year.
Different press agencies report that representatives of the US Professional Golfers Association, such as Rich Beem and Gary L. Schaal (who has been an industry leader for more than 30 years) also attended the function.
The president of the Spanish Golf Federation, Gonzaga Escauriaza, and the head of the newly reopened US Embassy in Havana, Jeff DeLaurentis, were also in attendance.
According to international press agencies, the vice-chair of Cuba’s sports institution did not offer any details about the creation of a national golf federation or about the candidates being considered for its leadership. “That’s being assessed at the moment,” she replied.
What seems certain is that the old slogan which proclaimed sports as a “people’s right” is being left out of these new plans to implement the Guidelines of the Cuban Communist Party.
There will always be those who say I am opposed to progress. This is understandable. But I won’t cease to express my dismay at seeing how the effort to make sports a popular right – an activity free from the vulgar professional mechanisms where money and personal glory reign supreme – is being betrayed.
Perhaps the government never took this effort seriously in the first place, but that’s quite simply their problem.
To top things off, they aren’t satisfied with exporting team and individual sports that are part of our country’s traditions, and insist on importing one that is intrinsically destructive of the environment and foreign to our culture, a sport that is reserved for a wealthy elite (which, in Cuba, is intertwined with political and military cliques).
An 18-hole golf course consumes about 1.5 million liters of water a day. Can you imagine what that would mean for an island like Cuba?
According to the book Cuba: “Impact of Climate Change and Adaptive Measures”, rainfall will continue to diminish towards the island’s eastern regions and draughts will become more common, intense and protracted. Coupled with high rates of evaporation, this will contribute to the deterioration of soils and the dwindling of water reserves.
The intense and prolonged draught has hit Cuba’s south-eastern regions most severely. Since 2012, scant rainfall has increasingly led to the partial or total exhaustion of more than 350 sources of water in the region.
Closer to the island’s center, 90% of the province of Cienfuegos has suffered the consequences of scant precipitation since November of 2014, a situation which persisted until April of this year. All the while, Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism is developing nine golf courses there, with over 22,400 hotel rooms around it.
Cuba’s west has not lagged behind and has presented record high temperatures and water shortages. There, they have already announced the construction of several golf courses within the Ganahacabibes Biosphere Reserve. This is a place, incidentally, that Cubans are not allowed to access.
Little by little, without consulting the public (and sometimes not even the experts), making it impossible to effectively oppose any of these measures, the Cuban government moves forward in its self-preservation efforts, no matter what the costs.
If it has to hand over its culture and natural resources on a silver platter to achieve this, these will quite simply become collateral damage that the powerful can bemoan, while gracefully swinging their golf clubs and drinking a refreshing mojito.
Ian Poulter has tipped rookie Matt Fitzpatrick to win a place in Europe's team when they defend the Ryder Cup against the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota next year.
The 21-year-old Fitzpatrick has performed consistently well in his first full season on the circuit and claimed his maiden victory in this month's British Masters at Woburn, a tournament hosted by fellow Englishman Poulter.
"It wouldn't be a shock to see Matt (in the team)," Poulter told reporters ahead of this week's Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya.
"It's lovely to see young blood playing great golf. I've known Matt now for a couple of years, I played in a practice round with him at the British Open and knew he was a great player."
However, Fitzpatrick, who has soared from 413th to 53rd in the world rankings since the end of 2014, is playing down his Ryder Cup ambitions.
"The Ryder Cup is not something I'm focused on, it's just in the background," he said. "I'm just trying to play golf and work hard to keep improving and keep doing the right things.
"The rest will take care of itself. It's still weird to say that I've won. The aim now is to finish the year inside the top 50."
The $7 million Turkish Open is the first event in the four-tournament Final Series and features world number three Rory McIlroy's first appearance in Europe since May's Irish Open.
If you think Tiger Woods is planning to slow down, you’re wrong. At the press conference at the Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup in Mexico City, he made it clear that his 14 majors are not the end of the road for him.
“I would love to — when all is said and done–to have won more than 18 major championships,” Woods remarked confidently. “My career is not over yet. I’m only trailing in basically two categories and that’s major championships — I got 14, Jack’s got 18 — I’ve got 79 wins on tour, where San Snead ( has), 82.
After pointing to his record and his accomplishments, he indicated that he not only has a great last 20 years, he intends to have very good next ten years.
“The next time I do play on tour, I will be 40, and hopefully my forties will be as successful as what VJ’s (Vijay Singh) forties were.” Woods added. Singh won more tournaments in his forties than anyone, eclipsing what was thought to be an impossible task, beating Sam Snead’s post-40 record. Singh won 20 times, including the PGA Championship, after age 40. Snead won 17 times including the Masters.
“I’ve been at the highest level for so far 20 years, and, hopefully, for many more to come. But first of all, I got to get healthy,” he said.
In fact, he said that longevity and playing against living legends was one of the best things about golf.
“The guys I use to play practice rounds with and guys I used to play against and who I have been beaten or I have beaten down the stretch in tournaments are now on the Champions Tour,” he said. “I’m getting towards there and already facing the younger crop of guys, and it’s neat to see the Spieths and the Days and the McIlroys and the next young 20-year-olds doing what they’re doing.”
He said he had discussed the topic with Jack Nicklaus.
“Jack played with Hogan, he played with Sarazen and then he had Player and Palmer and played against Trevino, Watson, Miller, Seve, Langer and you name ‘em,” Woods explained.
However, two decades in professional golf and another decade-and-a-half in junior golf means there has been a lot of wear and tear on Woods’ body, as he readily admits.“In my particular case, I’ve had four knee operations and two back operations, so six total is six too many, but you know we’re asking our bodies to do something that it is probably not meant to do,” Woods said about his most recent surgical experience.
Since his surgery, his biggest physical activity has been watching his children play soccer. He said he’s ready to start being goalie, but refuses to dive for balls at this stage. He’s not ready for that.
“I hope it doesn’t take that long for me to be pain free because there’s a process to go through,” he added about the rehab process. “Then I have to get explosive. Then I have to build that explosive endurance, build the practice for long periods of time, then eventually play for long periods of time.”
Complicating it all is the fact he had just gotten to the point where he was comfortable with his swing before the recent surgery and now he’s back to square one.
“It is the chicken and the egg,” he said. “How do I change my golf swing? Well I got to practice more. I can’t practice more because I got to rehab. Rehab more, that means I can’t practice as much. So it was it was a tough situation going through that.”
It pretty much describes his last 18 months. Unfortunately, comebacks are now becoming as much of his legacy as his victory record. Should he come back from this latest procedure to win 20 more tournaments, it would be a superior accomplishment.
No doubt he has his eye on Ryder Cup play. But for now, he’s sidelined, although he participated in the much discussed Ryder Cup task force and was part of the committee formed by the task force.
He thinks the committee, comprised of veteran players, has come up with the right plan.
“I’ve been a part of the Ryder Cup since 1997, and Jim (Furyk) was on the same team as me, and ‘97 made our appearance in Valderrama,” Woods recalled. Steve Stricker, he said, played on the Presidents Cup starting in 1996, and Phil Mickelson made his first Ryder Cup in 1995. In addition, there is the experience of former and current captain, Davis Love III.
Woods explained that in their deliberations, the committee was thinking about the future, not the past.
“That Ryder Cup committee, we’re trying to, not set it up for just this Ryder Cup coming up in 2016,” he explained. “This is a ten Ryder Cup process, so you’re looking at 20 years. This is going outlive us, outlive our playing days.”
He quote Mickelson who, according to Woods, said that they were not going to win the next ten Ryder Cups, but they are shooting for seven out of the next ten. The committee wanted a long-term game plan instead of having captains trying to reinvent it every time.
“The Europeans have done a fantastic job of creating a blueprint that has worked well for them,” he added. “We’re trying to do the same thing right now with our Ryder Cup culture, and having the team leaders being guys have been part of cups for over 20 years — or around 20 years — I think it was an important move and a very important strategic move for us.”
When will we see Tiger Woods next? If the stars are aligned, it will be in April at Augusta National Golf Club. For anyone with 14 majors, the next one is the most important.
It's the story of his life, though public credit has been in short supply. The buzz kill that many felt at St. Andrews was reminiscent of a similar reaction when Johnson won at Augusta in 2007. "I get it," Johnson says. "People wanted Tiger to win then. People wanted Jordan to win last week." Even in the four-hole playoff, the crowd favorite was the phlegmatic South African Louis Oosthuizen.
It doesn't bother Johnson. He knows he's colorless on the course. "I like to play what I call a-motional golf," he says. "Emotion doesn't grab me that much." In small groups, he has a disarming and winning way of playing off his image. "How are my eight hairs looking?" he asks a video technician before an interview, patting his thin dome. His clean, self-aware performance reading David Letterman's Top-10 List after the Masters victory included deadpanning the line, "Even I have never heard of me."
Of course, modesty is mandatory for Iowans. Johnson's father, Dave, a Cedar Rapids chiropractor, says knowingly, "Everyone in the state would be disappointed if Zach handled his success any differently."
The Red Bull Billionaire Behind Wentworth’s 733 Percent Golf Price Hike - It now costs almost $200,000 to join one of England’s most famous clubs.
The billionaire owner of one of the U.K.'s most prestigious golf clubs is charging a rich price for membership. On Tuesday, members were informed annual rates would double and cost of joining would rise to £125,000 ($192,000) from £15,000. That's a 733 percent increase. Existing members were asked to pay a one-time fee of £100,000.
It's a steep price, one that makes Wentworth Club, in Surrey, England, one of the most expensive rounds of golf in the world. And it's a long way from owner Chanchai Ruayrungruang's humble beginnings.
Also known by his Chinese name, Yan Bin, he owns Wentworth Club through his closely held Beijing-based conglomerate, Reignwood Group. He's the 2nd-richest person in Thailand, and the world's 153rd-richest, worth $7.9 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Born to a poor family in China's eastern province of Shandong, he moved to Thailand with his family when he was young, where he acquired the Thai name, Chanchai. Little is known about the details of the billionaire's rags-to-riches journey, though he is reported to have shown an unusual entrepreneurial flair even in his poorest days.
Chanchai founded Reignwood in 1984 as a trading and tourism business. After making a small fortune in real estate, the tycoon started to invest in his homeland. In 1995, he introduced China to Red Bull, the highly caffeinated beverage invented in Thailand in the 1970s. Outside of beverages, the group also owns several marquee real estate projects around the world, including Ten Trinity Square and the Corn Exchange at 55 Mark Lane in London.
China’s ruling Communist Party has banned its 88 million members from playing golf, having sex outside of marriage and partaking in “extravagant eating and drinking,” according to the country’s state media .
The bans on playing golf and ostentatious displays of eating and drinking are included as violations for the first time, says Xinhua. While party members were already prohibited from “keeping paramours and conducting adultery,” the new rule against “having improper sexual relationships with others” is stricter.
Additional rules for the party’s 88 million members include bans on forming cliques and engaging in nepotism, Al Jazeera reports . Xi has tried to drive down corruption within the party since assuming office in 2012, but a number of high-profile cases have drawn international attention over the past few years. In June, the former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, was sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges , including taking bribes worth 128 million yuan ($21 million), The Washington Post reports .
China is ranked 100th out of 175 countries in Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Index.
Tiger Woods has fallen a long way from the top in recent years. Rocked by a public infidelity scandal in 2009, the golf superstar has had not just his reputation tarnished, but he also has yet to regain his top form, He hasn't won a major event since 2008. As a result, both his net worth and income have suffered. Having said that, he still was one of the 10 highest-paid athletes last year and he still has a net worth most of us won't even attain in our wildest dreams.
Tiger Woods by the numbersBecause of lingering injuries, Woods has only made the cut in seven of his past 13 events, which is a startling fall for a player who once made a record 142 straight cuts. However, despite not performing as well as he once did, Woods still made $50.6 million this year, according to Forbes. That ranks him as the ninth highest-paid athlete in the world and the second highest-paid golfer behind Phil Mickelson at $50.8 million. Those earnings have pushed Woods' total career earnings up to more than $1.37 billion since turning pro. He's likely on his way to making more than $2 billion before all is said and done.
That being said, Tiger Woods is not a billionaire today. And while how much Tiger Woods is worth is still open to debate, he is thought to have a current net worth of around $600 million, the bulk of which has come from endorsement deals and not from golf earnings. In fact, Forbes pegs his tournament prize money at just $600,000 this year, while in his best year he earned only $10.8 million playing golf and his career earnings from the PGA Tour are just a shade over $100 million. On the other hand, Woods' biggest endorsement deal is with Nike, which he has been with since turning pro in 1996, and it is estimated to pay him as much as $20 million per year. The company is one of the few that have remained with Woods since his scandal broke, as well as in spite of his poor play in recent years.
Tiger Woods could be worth much more
Speaking of Woods' scandal, it has significantly tarnished his reputation, cut deeply into his earnings, and took a huge chunk out of his net worth. While we can't put a price tag on his reputation, we can say that Woods his deals with the likes of Accenture, AT&T, PepsiCo, Gillette, and Electronic Arts, many of which surely valued his reputation as much as, if not more than, his ability to play golf. While Woods has attempted to rebuild his endorsement empire in the years since the scandal broke, his $50.6 million in earnings this year will be well off his peak in 2007m when he earned $122.7 million. Meanwhile, his now ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, was awarded $110 million as part of their divorce settlement, taking a big chunk of his net worth.
Woods is no longer the superstar he once was on or off the field. However, he has tried to rebuild his financial empire by signing new endorsement deals in recent years, including an $8 million-a-year deal with Indian motorcycle and scooter company Hero. However, while Woods isn't exactly hurting financially, he's a long way from his former peak.
TakeawayClearly, Tiger Woods is worth a whole lot of money, but he has lost a lot in recent years because of his infidelity scandal. His reputation, income and net worth have all experienced serious blows. That's a life lesson to us all, and the lesson isn't to avoid getting caught, but to avoid the situation in which one's reputation can be tarnished entirely. It's just not worth it, and as we can see from Tiger Woods' own experience, it's hard to clean up a tarnished reputation -- not to mention the potential impact that can have on one's net worth.
The other takeaway is that Tiger Woods makes far more money outside his day job playing golf. It's a subtle reminder that there's often money to be made in things relating to our jobs -- such as consulting, for example -- that can have a big impact on one's net worth.
Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn donned their evening suits to launch a new tour event in Asia in December.
They will play in the Ho Tram Open at a spectacular new links coure in Vietnam.
According to Sergio: “Vietnam has always been an intriguing destination for golf and one I have been paying close attention to. We are blessed with a lot of great tournaments around the world, but the opportunity to experience a new destination, a new course and a new challenge is very appealing to me.”
“This is great news for sports fans in Vietnam and for the Ho Tram Open,” commented Ben Styles, Vice President Golf & Residential. “Sergio has been one of golf’s most charismatic figures and he will give us considerable impetus in putting the destination on the map.”
In addition to Sergio and Clarke, Robert Rock, former US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, Ryder Cup legend Thomas Bjorn and Vietnam’s No.1 Michael Tran will be joining the Asian Tour’s best for the event from December 3-6.
“Sergio is at the pinnacle of the sport, which coupled with his charismatic style and his spirit of entertainment give us the perfect package for the Ho Tram Open,” said Jed Moore, Tournament Promoter Ho Tram Open. “The event will be a great advert for Vietnam and Ho Tram and with Sergio’s addition gives us even greater potential.”
Since opening in October 2014, the links-style layout located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City has been hailed by many of the world’s leading authorities on golf. In January, GOLF Magazine named it one of the world’s best new courses. In July, the Australian Financial Review called it “as pretty a course as you’ll find on the entire Asian continent.”
For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visitwww.hotramopen.com and follow @HoTramOpen.
If you happen to be in Vietnam in December, tickets are free and can be downloaded on the Ho Tram Open website www.hotramopen.com
Those two actions -- Woods' call and Mickelson's performance -- were independent of one another. Yet because this is golf and because they just happen to be the two biggest lightning rods in the game over the past two decades, they converged into a rapidly percolating hot-button issue: Should Tiger and Phil be Ryder Cup captains someday?
This is the type of question that fuels the talk-show circuit for hours on end, every interested observer offering a viewpoint that can't be immediately affirmed or expunged. In fact, even if each of them ends up serving in the role, we might still argue whether they were right for the job or were simply handed the position because of their elevated status as players.
Too bad there's an easy answer: of course they should.
Say what you will about ousted PGA of America president Ted Bishop, but he changed the game. The role of Ryder Cup captain had previously served as a way of honoring the greatest players. Everybody step up, take your turn at bat, then let another guy have a chance. (Except for you, Larry Nelson. Never you.) That didn't mean the powers-that-be didn't want to win, only that they wanted to keep the position as a revolving door for the next legend who fit the criteria of being 50-55 years old and having played on multiple teams.
The appointment of Tom Watson could be filed under "unmitigated disaster," but it did prompt a change in the evolution of the captaincy. Since the U.S. has won just a single Ryder Cup this century, there is now a blueprint to install the best person available, revolving door be damned.
All of which gets us back to Tiger and Phil.
Some contend that because each owns a subpar Ryder Cup record and has suffered through a losing culture during the latest era, both should be bypassed for the captaincy. Which makes no sense. That would be analogous to an NFL team hiring only a coach who had won the Super Bowl as a player, rather than the best man for the job.
Now, I've long advocated for the PGA of America to name a permanent captain, much like other national teams -- perhaps in conjunction with the PGA Tour, and including the Presidents Cup, too. It would retain a semblance of consistency that teams have lacked from one competition to the next each year.
If that doesn't happen, though, then of course the two winningest and most respected American players of the past two decades should be offered opportunities to lead the team. Just as players of past generations might have felt a little extra motivation to win -- or, at least, not lose -- for men such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Woods and Mickelson would instill similar attitudes in team members.
If there's a line of demarcation separating U.S. players from their European counterparts, it's that the former value individual accomplishments, especially major championships, more than these team events, while the latter have often prioritized winning as a team. That shouldn't be viewed as a major criticism of the Americans, though -- and it shouldn't keep the two biggest names from future captaincies.
The role is no longer an honor for legendary players, but that's not what Woods or Mickelson would want anyway. Just because they might not have wanted to win Ryder Cups more than, say, green jackets, that doesn't mean they didn't want to win. It also doesn't mean they aren't the right men for the job -- someday.
La alcaldesa de Madrid, Manuela Carmena, ha destituido al director gerente del Club de Campo de Madrid, Alfonso Segovia, tras el consejo de administración que ha celebrado la entidad. Carmena pretende que el Club se convierta “en un parque público”, lo que ha provocado la disconformidad de los abonados del club que pagan religiosamente sus cuotas.
La alcaldesa de Madrid ha hecho alarde de su vena autoritaria y ha destituido al director del Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Alfonso Segovia, comenzando la invasión de la institución deportiva que está siendo capitaneada por la nueva presidenta y delegada de Cultura y Deportes municipal, Celia Meyer.
Según ha podido saber Okdiario, Meyer intentó destituir a Segovia antes del consejo de administración que se celebró ayer, a lo que el director se negó por ir contra los Estatutos de la entidad. Tras la reunión de los consejeros, a la que asistió Segovia, se ha producido su despido en el día de hoy.
Carmena pretende que el Club se convierta “en un parque público”, lo que ha provocado la disconformidad de los abonados del club que pagan religiosamente sus cuotas. La alcaldesa quiere que la institución sea un lugar donde se reciban visitas de escolares y unir con una carretera el Club con la Casa de Campo. Todo ello deberá ser sufragado por los abonados, bien mediante un aumento de las cuotas o con la prestación de menos servicios.
Los socios temen que el club sea una víctima más de la ofensiva de Carmena por ceder espacios a organizaciones okupas, como los del Patio Maravillas, que han solicitado la cesión municipal de un edificio histórico en la madrileña calle de Alberto Aguilera. Por ello, los abonados estudian organizarse para defender sus intereses ante la toma de control que está haciendo Carmena de la institución deportiva.
Antes del verano Manuela Carmena tomó por las bravas el máximo órgano de gobierno del Club de Campo de Madrid, al situar a Meyer de presidenta y sentar en la mesa del consejo de administración al concejal de Hacienda, Carlos Sánchez Mato, anticapitalista reconocido que ha roto el contrato con las agencias de calificación crediticia, con las auditoras internacionales y que ha iniciado una ola de nacionalizaciones en la economía de la capital.
Otros miembros del consejo nombrados por Carmena son a la concejala de Medio Ambiente, Inés Sabanés, el director general de Deportes, Francisco Javier Odriozola y la directora general de Sector Público, Marta Fernández-Pirla. Un desembarco en toda regla para tomar posesión de las 200 hectáreas de instalaciones que tiene el Club.
La institución se financia mediante las cuotas de sus socios (que aportan unos 22 millones de euros anuales), dinero que sirve para pagar a los 300 empleados, las instalaciones hípicas, los 36 hoyos de golf, la escuela de tenis, los dos campos de hockey, las piscinas al aire libre y los servicios de restauración. Todo ello peligra con la llegada de Carmena a la alcaldía.
Alfonso Segovia había tendido puentes con el ayuntamiento para intentar frenar el golpe y conciliar los intereses municipales y de los abonados. El ex director había manifestado que todos los ciudadanos que así lo desearan podían acceder al Club pagando una justa cuota de siete euros para utilizar las instalaciones. Hasta ahora Segovia estaba tranquilo porque pensaba que su posible cese debería aprobarse por todos los partidos, pero la cacicada de Carmena le ha expulsado de la institución.