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Should the PGA Championship go back to Match Play?

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I haven't followed pro golf in the post Tiger era, but if there' a lack of dominant figures, there's nothing to lose, ratings wise,  by trying match play again. 

 

Since the change to stroke play in the late 50s, people have stopped recognizing the USGA and R&A Amateur Championships, both match play events, as Majors.

 

I vehemently disagree with this even now.  It diminishes the legacy of Bobby Jones. And Tiger Woods who is really one Major closer to Jack than is stated because of his three rather than two USGA Amateur titles..

 

Also, it leaves a Holy Grail to still chase.  If we count the Amateur titles, nobody has won all six Majors yet.

 

What really puts me in the minority is my contempt for the Masters. 

Forget about the antebellum pretentiousness, never an attraction to us aged hippie northeasterners!

 

The event is an Invitational.  It's not for the championship of anything.  It's in early spring before half the country is really playing golf yet.  A true purist can't call it a major. But most people really like it, so that's the real reason, not a bad one, to keep it a Major.

 

As for the PGA Championship, we also have a Tournament Players Championship and a Club Professionals Championship that diminish it.   I don't really care about either of the latter two events.

 

I would change the real, original PGA Championship to include the defending PGA regional club pro champions and regional qualifiers, the defending TPA Champion, all former winners of the R&A and USGA Open Championships and the PGA Championship itself and sigh, the Masters; and perhaps the defending Champions of foreign pro tours like the European.....period.   Give the PGA back to the real PGA,

 

not the PGA Tour,

professional golfers but not golf professionals,

people who never gave a lesson nor sold a sleeve of Titleists over the counter to earn the "golf professional" appellation that's associated with the PGA.  

 

And keep it a Major.

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@NiftyNiblick - I'm so glad you're back!  I don't hate the Masters as vehemently as you because I'm a post hippie boomer - one of those guys whose friend's cute older sister was a hippie so I thought it was cool. :) 

 

And I'm from the Northeast

 

So while my emotions don't run as deeply on yours on this one I'm in agreement that the Master's is a trumped up Major - if you aren't invited you don't get to play.  I will grant that they have made it less arbitrary the past two or three decades but there are still tons of people left out who would have a chance to win.  Most certainly you'd never have a John Daly like breakthrough at Augusta - oh my, my no way, no how.

 

But its a brilliant formula - by including the top 50 in the world and excluding the next 400 or 500 players who would have a realistic chance to win you insure big names on the leader board along with some oldies but goodies sprinkled in or the unexpected upstart who makes his way on to the leader board so that they can say, "See how inclusive we are."  Also the course is great and it looks great, always.

 

Back to the PGA I think they've made a great step by moving it earlier in the year when it will get more attention and be played on some different courses even than the USGA is able to use.  Could you imagine Shinnecock in May?  Oh wait, they will be playing on a brutal course half an hour away from there this year - I'm rooting for snow. :)

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The points of your excellent argument are what made me begrudgingly accept the Masters as a Major, Rev,

 

because as we well know,

 

my opinion is so critically important!

 

Thanks for the tolerance.

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So you are saying to cut the PGA and make the TC a major? I doubt the PGA would go for this. The TC already decides the FedEx cup. I think that might put too much emphisis on one tournament. The PGA just needs to change it up not scratch the whole tournament.

No, just combine them, I guess if you were technically gonna cut one it would be the tour championship. I just think qualifying for the pga championship should be through the current playoff system. It's never gonna happen, just thinking out loud.

 

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I just think qualifying for the pga championship should be through the current playoff system.

 

I don't worship at the altar of PGA Tour players.

 

I think that the USGA and R&A Amateurs should still be regarded as majors.

 

The PGA Championship should be the PGA's championship, not the PGA Tour's.

 

Only touring pros who are former major winners should be allowed to compete against the regional champion club pros. They'll be enough to get TV ratings.

 

The USGA Open, R&A Open, and Masters can stay as they are. That gives the overall touring pro field three shots (out of six) at qualifying for a major.

 

Having said that, I don't know a single other person who shares my opinion.  I guess that I'm still immune to peer pressure!

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I like the idea going somewhere different. make it the traveling major. But match play no thanks. Imagine those tv ratings if tiger got eliminated round 1.

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After this past one it can keep on keepin on. Best major of the year. A tie with the US Open.

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The Match play format is extremely unpredictable and can result in some very underwhelming final matches as we've seen w the Accenture, so I would not be in favor of changing the PGA back to that format. Could make for some really poor TV. It may just be "the other one" but the PGA is still a major. I think any tour pro would rather win a PGA than a Players Championship or even a FedEx Cup. Majors are the only events that history cares about, ...

plus it's the only tip of the cap from the PGA Tour to the club pros. Those guys deserve the recognition. In fact I think you can make a very strong argument that the PGA of America is more important to the game here in the US than the USGA. PGA Members definitely do more to keep the game right

...as the USGA looks for ways to screw it up.

Great points! Some club pros may qualify for the US Open, and I guess some may even make it to the weekend, but for most of those hard-working people the PGA is "their" major.

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I would love more Match play period. That's all I can contribute to this thread

 

 

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Back to the PGA I think they've made a great step by moving it earlier in the year when it will get more attention and be played on some different courses even than the USGA is able to use.  Could you imagine Shinnecock in May?  Oh wait, they will be playing on a brutal course half an hour away from there this year - I'm rooting for snow. :)

So... would it still be a major if it were weather-shortened to 36 holes?

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If match play is so bad for television, why are the tennis Grand Slam events televised?

 

I'd be curious to see the tennis players attempt to take on the entire field at once.

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Maybe if it were double elimination...

One and done is the intensity of match play.

I'm all for it.

As I've mentioned, tennis has no choice but to be match play and it works for them.

 

People think that majors haven't had match play since the 1957 PGA, but that's not really true.

 

The USGA and R&A Amateur Championships, both match play, are majors too.

That's what made the Bobby Jones Grand Slam so historic.

People have no respect for tradition anymore, or so it at least seems.

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As much as I've never cared for the PGA of America, their major has given us some of the best golf that we've seen in years.

 

Everything doesn't have to be meddled with.

 

 

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I think it would be awesome to see the PGA of America go to a 2 man format with this event like the Zurich but the kicker is let there be a regular tour pro as one member of the team and the other member of the team be a PGA Class A member. I think this would be a huge success and also give the Class A guys a shot besides just 20 of them each year. Have the format as a combined score so both players scores would count. Talk about shaking things up this would do it for sure!

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I love that suggestion, Seth.

 

Golf Pro / Pro Golfer teams for the PGA Championship!!!

 

It would work as match play like tennis or stroke play like a horse race.

 

Hell--have two events! 

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One of the things I like about golf is that it's an individual sport. I know, I know...Ryder Cup, etc etc. Not a big fan of those, and really wouldn't enjoy another team event added to the mix. Match play is the ultimate golf challenge and there should be more of it.

 

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I love that suggestion, Seth.

 

Golf Pro / Pro Golfer teams for the PGA Championship!!!

 

It would work as match play like tennis or stroke play like a horse race.

 

Hell--have two events!

I just think it would be the utmost way to give back to the club pro who is busting his tail all year long keeping people interested in the game and a halfway shot at some decent prize money because the section events just don't pay out from what I have seen. Also, it would go a long way for the PGA who ultimately is about giving back to the folks that give their hearts all year long.

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