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in my naivety, about 8 years ago I asked my Canadian Golf Hall of Fame friend, "how do I get on all the teams that you play on?" his answer was perfect and speaks to what is going on in the professional golf landscape today, "play better golf!!"

So how do you get into the elevated events? Play better golf....

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2 minutes ago, Golfspy_Lukes said:

Hard disagree.

The players outside the top 50 are actually in a better place within this new model.

"The better players get more money"

Yeah, as they should.  Want more money?  Play better

Agree and disagree.  for sure... more money for better golf.  But there is also some exclusion in the announcment for players holding a tour card - which limits the opportunity to "play better golf".  A tour card used to mean equal chance for all PGA events.. Now there are events that exclude tour card holders.  I'm not saying I disagree with the new direction.  Saying that it is a change from tradition.

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10 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Agree and disagree.  for sure... more money for better golf.  But there is also some exclusion in the announcment for players holding a tour card - which limits the opportunity to "play better golf".  A tour card used to mean equal chance for all PGA events.. Now there are events that exclude tour card holders.  I'm not saying I disagree with the new direction.  Saying that it is a change from tradition.

But that is what got the PGA Tour in this predicament

Too many events with no clear delineation about the important events

Too big of fields

No way to force the top players to play in the same events.

I think NLU did such an incredible job of explaining why these changes are BETTER for the 50-200th ranked players in the world.

The Status Quo was NOT an option

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10 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Agree and disagree.  for sure... more money for better golf.  But there is also some exclusion in the announcment for players holding a tour card - which limits the opportunity to "play better golf".  A tour card used to mean equal chance for all PGA events.. Now there are events that exclude tour card holders.  I'm not saying I disagree with the new direction.  Saying that it is a change from tradition.

from what I hear, there are 24 opportunities for the "players holding a tour card" to play better golf

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Would Kitayama be holding the API trophy if we were under next year's rules?, or would it be Rory?

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22 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Agree and disagree.  for sure... more money for better golf.  But there is also some exclusion in the announcment for players holding a tour card - which limits the opportunity to "play better golf".  A tour card used to mean equal chance for all PGA events.. Now there are events that exclude tour card holders.  I'm not saying I disagree with the new direction.  Saying that it is a change from tradition.

Most of the below 100 ranked players have no effect on the main tournaments anyway. The Tour needed to update its model which is still based on a 1940s world. The top players are the draw so they need to get them together more often in more high-profile events. This is how you do it. 

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9 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Would Kitayama be holding the API trophy if we were under next year's rules?, or would it be Rory?

He was ranked 44th coming into the API, so I would think so.

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2 minutes ago, LICC said:

He was ranked 44th coming into the API, so I would think so.

Yes but would he be 44th without the opportunity to play in the events leading up to the API that gained him enough fed ex points?

 

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8 minutes ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Yes but would he be 44th without the opportunity to play in the events leading up to the API that gained him enough fed ex points?

 

Yes absolutely. And he those lesser events also create immediate pathways into designated events. 

A hot stretch of a few tournaments is enough to get into a designated event. 

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7 minutes ago, Golfspy_Lukes said:

Yes absolutely. And he those lesser events also create immediate pathways into designated events. 

A hot stretch of a few tournaments is enough to get into a designated event. 

Maybe so, just raising the question.  It will be an interesting path forward to watch unfold. 

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I doubt I'll be able to articulate my points as well as I did the other day commenting on social media, but basically... The designated events give the big name, top-performing players a spot to battle against one another without as much "noise" and get the paychecks they arguably deserve given how much viewing demand they generate. Fans get a more exciting product (so long as broadcasters don't completely ruin it). The lower tier guys get increased opportunities to earn a reasonable living on the tour as the upper echelon of the sport work their schedules around designated events and majors - they will still have to play some non-designated events in order to sufficiently maintain their status as the elite of the golfing world and to satisfy sponsor obligations just to be clear. Again, fans get a better look at the guys working their way up the ranks and broadcasters (assuming they do their job) will be able to highlight them more easily.

Is it a perfect system? No. Absolutely not. However, I do think it's much better than what the tour has done to the FedEx Cup.

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10 hours ago, Golfspy_Lukes said:

Hard disagree.

The players outside the top 50 are actually in a better place within this new model.

"The better players get more money"

Yeah, as they should.  Want more money?  Play better

The other option would be to become really good friends with the Commissioner, Rory!

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9 hours ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

Would Kitayama be holding the API trophy if we were under next year's rules?, or would it be Rory?

Hopefully, Harris English. I hope Rory never wins again.

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9 hours ago, LICC said:

Most of the below 100 ranked players have no effect on the main tournaments anyway. The Tour needed to update its model which is still based on a 1940s world. The top players are the draw so they need to get them together more often in more high-profile events. This is how you do it. 

They are doing that very fast, looking a lot like LIV golf.

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lots of talk on the Golf Channel regarding the 2024 PGA season.. Now let's be really honest, all throughout the recent evolution of golf, and by recent I mean since the advent of televised golf. Why did professional golf evolve from match play to stroke play, because the "sponsors" wanted a better chance that Arnold, Jack, Gary, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, would be around the tournament so people could watch them. 

There was a real lull in professional golf once Jack started aging, no one was taking the baton and carrying the tour, even Tom Watson didnt have the umph or Greg Norman, Curtis Strange (boring) golf was in a real lull...Oh  1996 a young phenom comes onto the course, oh and social media is gaining traction, perfect marriage... So off we go, golf grows like crazy and the sponsors love it and golf is good and pay is good... 

Where is the majority of the money made in professional sports? NFL (television) NHL (television, and believe me the NHL wants more americans to understand the game) MLB (television and so much so that the grapefruit league goes for a month before regular season starts, sponsors and money) 

All those sports had upstart leagues go up against them American Football League agains the old National Football League, WHL agains the NHL, American League against than National League, it just happens, now we have LIV against PGA... no big deal it has happened before and it will happen again... 

Gold needs the best players to play against each other, hasn't changed in 100 years, and the companies that pay the bills need that, so.... here we go.... to be honest I am enjoying the game currently, some great golfers and great golf.. play on....

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9 hours ago, GaDawg said:

They are doing that very fast, looking a lot like LIV golf.

Maybe it some aspects. The criticism of LIV isn’t about having more tournaments where more of the top players are playing together. The criticisms are of shotgun starts, 54 holes, no cuts and no qualifying to get into the tournaments, among other things. 
I do think the Tour is making a small mistake not having any cut on these events, but it’s not that big of a deal given that players still have to qualify to play them. 

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9 hours ago, GaDawg said:

The other option would be to become really good friends with the Commissioner, Rory!

Ya... no

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