January 30, 2020 at 08:53 PM
So there's been a lot talk around a possible alternative Tour called the Premier Golf League. It looks like the players are intrigued, the PGA Tour is perturbed, and fans... well... fans don't know what to think.
I've seen many alternative leagues fail in other sports, but with golf, wherever the best players play, golf fans will watch.
I'd hate to see the PGA Tour deteriorate, but I'm all for more golf, alternative formats, and keeping the game fresh.
What are you thoughts?
Chuck ZMt Pleasant, SC
Steve EStockton, CA
Dale VEscondido, CA
Eric HRidgway, PA
Frank PPort St. Lucie, FL
February 07, 2020 at 04:47 PM
I can see an alternative tour working if they run some different formats and make it different from the weekly grind of stroke play. Even some mixed events with LPGA and Champions Tour players thrown in from time to time.
Gabe BKansas City, Missouri
Don OMadison, WI
February 12, 2020 at 09:35 PM
If this even gets off the ground....
Those 18 events will decimate any number of the PGA Tour Stops. Based on the money for those 10 stops in the US with a guaranteed star power, likely far more than 10 would wither and die w/o the "top 48".
Even rolled into the PGA Tour, those 48 won't need/want to play much more than the other 3 majors.
With the remaining PGA stops reduced to Korn Ferry stops, who will the top 48 be when Ernie, Phil, Tiger, and DJ are at or above 50?
Sounds like the PGA would need to have fewer events and a few more setup as "invitational 3 days events" to allow the stars the chance to cash in and have more time off. Most of the European events that draw US PGA players guarantee money upfront. So maybe this is a negotiating ploy. The long schedule now tends to favor the PGA more than the players.
Personally, I would ok with more open weekends to allow more coverage on the Champions Tour and the LPGA rather some of the lesser PGA stops where I don't recognize most of the players. Or a couple of actual Korn Ferry events.
Lance PHillsborough, NC
February 13, 2020 at 09:59 PM
Don't the tour players have a PGA pension? Would/could they risk losing that by "jumping" to the start-up organization?
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?