Steve Stricker says significant PGA policy change will happen

Jun 8, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Http

Silvis, Ill. - A significant PGA Tour policy change is in the works that would require elite golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els to expand their playing schedules to include field-challenged events as soon as the 2011 season.

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bulls9999

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Jun 9, 2010
 
Bad move.... They already have the requirement that they have to play 15(?) events to maintain their tour card....which events should be up to the players. Its up to the 'field-challenged' events to upgrade their event to attract the players...period.

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Well, I have mixed thoughts about this. Tiger and Phil along with a few international players, should give back to the tour by playing in some of these smaller tournaments. I know the players do a lot through their foundations but most of them are not golf related, just the money comes from golf. With a 15 or 17 game minimum you would think that they aren't stretching themselves to play a few more tournaments and give something back!!!!! They seem to find the time to play during the silly season, where, of course, they get appearance fees. It is funny how some of these guys miss Hawaii because they are too tired this early in the season. Of course, there is no incentive for the top players to make an extra week or two to help out, they are making a lot of money and don't feel the need to compete for a lessor amount of money than when they play in other tournaments. I'll bet the PGA offers 2-3 million dollar appearance fee they would show up. Lets face facts, the top players make enough money during at the tournaments they do play at that they have no desire to give back if it is inconvenient. In 2008 104 players made more than 1 million dollars in official PGA money--In 2009 the number was 91 and this year already 42 players have reached reached 1 million. Even if their 'golf' expenses ran 70% it still leaves a comfortable life style so why push it??????
Maybe some of the top stars in other sports should cut back on their playing time and see how the league would like that.(yeah, I know, they are under contract). Maybe they could get a clause saying that they do not have to show up when they are playing a last place team--lol
Golf has really gotten to be an 'elitist' sport.
Merritt

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While I dont think the tour should dictate what events a player plays, the tour is having issues with some of their events. The tour lost a very popular evnt in Milwaukee this yearm and I agree that something needs to be done to protect the events in trouble. As Steve says It is only one event a year for the players to play, I dont think it's too much to ask!

Since: Feb 07

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Jun 14, 2010
 
Well, when you are talking about 'muti-millionaires I guess it is to much to ask since they aren't doing it.

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