Playing in a foursome with two buddies and Tiger Woods might seem like a dream, but one bidder won the right to do exactly that with a closing bid of $425,000 on eBay late Sunday afternoon.
Initially, the closing bid looked to be $225,100, but that later took a considerable jump.
"Two bidders came in in the last 90 seconds," said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. "It didn't update on the site, but both bidders involved knew what was happening."
The auction, which is benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation, began April 4 with an opening minimum bid of $100,000. In order to bid, prospective winners -- whose identities were concealed on the site -- had to put up a $50,000 deposit. Bidding began at $175,000 Sunday, as the two-time Masters champion rose to the top of the leaderboard at Augusta National in his bid for his third Masters title.
The package includes 18 holes of golf with Woods at his home course -- Islesworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla. -- as well as lunch prior to the round, a picture with Woods and an autographed item for the winning bidder and two friends. Because the round is subject to Woods' schedule, the gathering is loosely scheduled to take place in the fall or winter of 2002.
Two years ago, a bidder and three friends put up $204,000 on the now defunct auction site, UltimateBid.com, to play a round with Woods.
Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.email@example.com.