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A somber goodbye to the Kodak Challenge

Shane Bacon
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I must say, I was a little disappointed when news broke that Kodak would renew their deal with the PGA Tour through 2016, but with it, dump the Kodak Challenge.

If you don't know, the Kodak Challenge was a run for $1 million throughout the PGA Tour season that picked a signature hole at each golf course and had players "best ball" for the lowest score throughout the year. Make a birdie on the 18th hole at Kapalua and you're 1-under. Make a birdie the next week at the Sony Open's signature hole and you're 2-under for the year, and so on.

Of course the Kodak Challenge was just another drop in the hat of events most people aren't going to pay attention to, but I liked the fact that lesser known players had a chance to compete for some money that might actually matter. Guys like Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Bill Haas might win $10 million at the end of the season with a victory in the FedEx Cup, but do you think it really matters to these guys that are already worth more money than they know what to do with?

I loved when Kevin Streelman took home the inaugural Kodak Challenge in 2009, a guy that actually could use a million bucks (just two years before I was competing against that guy in mini tour events). I loved that 2010 ended in a playoff for the million bucks, and who doesn't enjoy seeing someone like Bill Lunde snag the cash?

I'm sure most people are glad to see it go, but I actually thought it was a cool wrinkle to the golf season, and something that some of the guys that aren't going to be on the front of the media guide could play for. It will be missed.

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