Tiger welcome back in Australia after windfall

Updated: 2010-01-05 20:33
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SYDNEY - Tiger Woods' squeaky clean image may have taken a battering since his most recent tournament appearance at the Australian Masters but that has not stopped local officials from inviting him back.

Tiger welcome back in Australia after windfall
Tiger Woods watches play as he stands on the sixth hole during his foursome match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Harding Park golf course in San Francisco, California, in this October 8, 2009 file photo. [Photo/Agencies]

Woods was paid US$3 million just for playing the Australian Masters in Melbourne in November but local government officials said his appearance provided them with a financial windfall.

Victoria state tourism minister Tim Holding said the American was welcome back anytime, despite the revelations about his personal life, after his appearance injected A$34 million (US$31 million) into the local economy, almost double the initial forecast.

"We have made it clear that Tiger is welcome to come play golf any time in Victoria," Holding told reporters on Tuesday. "The question of what Tiger Woods does in the future is a matter for him, we respect that and he is always welcome to play here."