Tiger Woods hit golf balls from Europe into Asia on Tuesday when half of the six-lane Bosphorus Bridge was closed for the world's No. 1 golfer.

In a publicity stunt for the European Tour's Turkish Open, Woods stood on a makeshift tee and launched drives along the world's fourth-longest suspension bridge, which spans 5,118 feet above the Bosphorus River.

"To be the first golfer to do this was very cool," Woods said.

The Turkish Open, which starts Thursday, also features Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Padraig Harrington.

  • The PGA Championship and The Players Championship will share the distinction of being golf's richest tournament next year by offering $10 million in prize money.

    In a new spirit of cooperation, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America president Ted Bishop announced the purse increases Wednesday. That marks a 25 percent increase for the PGA Championship. The Players Championship for years had the largest purse -- $9.5 million in 2013.

    The 2014 Players Championship is May 8-11 at TPC Sawgrass (Fla.), while the PGA Championship is Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla (Ky.)

    "There's probably never been a better time of collaboration and cooperation between our two organizations since the PGA Tour and PGA of America split back in 1968," Bishop said.


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  • Phil Mickelson will play in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Jan. 16-19, the same week as the Humana Challenge in LaQuinta. He's expected to make his first PGA Tour appearance of 2014 a week later at Torrey Pines. Abu Dhabi is the first of three straight Europe Tour events in the United Arab Emirates. Woods has played Abu Dhabi the last two years. This time, he is going to Dubai to help celebrate its 25th anniversary.

  • Farmers Insurance stepped in at the last minute in 2010 when the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines risked going without a sponsor. Now the company is in for the long haul. Farmers extended its title sponsorship through 2019. The agreement starts after next year's event. Woods is the defending champion.

  • Bones Mackay was named "Caddie of the Year" at a caddies dinner. His boss, Mickelson, won three times this year, including the British Open.