Ian Poulter

"Pay us and we will appear" is the credo of the modern-day professional. The return of defending champion and world No 1 Rory McIlroy costs an appearance fee of HK$6 million. Photo: AFP

Left Field: Appearance fees key to Hong Kong Open

The tail end of the year is wheelbarrow time in Asia and, let's face it, unless Hong Kong has deep pockets the city will miss out on the big-name golfers in the future, especially now the European Tour has moved the penultimate leg in the Race To Dubai from Fanling to Antalya, Turkey, next Novemb