Shanghaiist, filing this from the media center at the HSBC Champions golf tournament, is sleep-deprived and feeling kind of lazy right now, so instead of trying to be original we will copy and paste from something we wrote last night for ESPN.com:
[P]asses for the HSBC Champions tournament cost roughly $250. That’s more than the average Shanghainese family makes in a month. “Poor people are the majority in China — they can’t be interested in a game they can’t afford,” said a man surnamed Gu, who is paid $2.50 a day to direct traffic outside the tournament. “Maybe there are people who are interested, but to me, I’m only making 950 yuan [$118] a month. There’s no way I can even afford a ticket.”
Had Gu ever hear of Tiger Woods? “No, sorry,” he apologized. “This is my first day.”
If you are planning on heading out to Sheshan Golf Club to see
Tiger a splendid field of talented golfers, today looks like it will be a good day to do it. It’s the best weather day by far and the traffic out to Songjiang District is much less horrific than it was Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when commutes of 90 minutes or more were the norm. Shanghaiist just missed the media bus this morning — our goddamn cabbie got a ticket on the way to the pick-up point, and our mad dash to catch the bus came up just short — but our next taxi ride, out to the course, was fine. Less than 45 minutes and 94 kuai (it was 94 on Wednesday, too).
Bring a wad of cash to the course — tickets for today are RMB 1,000 — and turn your mobile phone off, please. You don’t want to be that guy.
Live scoring for the HSBC Champions tournament
Also on Shanghaiist:
Newsflash: Tiger Woods is good at golf
Tiger, Tiger, burning bright … ish
How much would you pay to see Tiger play?
Photo from the AP.