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  1. So why did they let him - along with numerous other members - play there last year?
  2. Im not comparing the PGA China and Saudi's with regards to golf development. I am highlighting the hypocrisy that the PGA Tour has a developmental golf tour in China, plays a major tournament in China every year, and not a peep is said about it being 'controversial' regarding 'human rights issues'. You can't on one side of your mouth support, promote and fund a tournament in China for PGA Tour members and then out of the other side of your mouth tell some of those same members that they shouldnt participate in a non-sanctioned event in Saudi Arabia because you don't agree with their 'human rights' or something. All I ask is to be consistent. Everybody knows this has nothing to do with 'human rights'. Just come out and say so then.
  3. But DJ is not asking to play for another tour. He's asking to play in an event that he has won before. If denying these waivers to play in this 'controversial' event (lets be honest, the only controversial aspect of this event is where it is staged) is somehow a pre-emptive strike to keep PGA Tour members in the USA, that's not the right stance to take as far as I'm concerned. And if there is no competition to the PGA Tour, as you say, why would the PGA Tour not approve these waivers?
  4. For the first time in their existence, the PGA Tour is now facing the prospect of legitimate competition. Sure, there is the European Tour and other smaller tours around the world, but lets be honest - the goal of every professional golfer is to make the PGA Tour. Every competent European golfer at least splits his time between the Euro tour and the PGA Tour. Many of the smaller tours are used as feeders towards the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour is the top dog. And now for the first time, the standing of the PGA Tour as the top dog in professional golf is now being threatened. Cut through all the crap, and that's what this comes down to. Forget the 'human rights' stuff - the PGA Tour plays every year in China, and they also have a 'PGA Tour China' that is a feeder right into the Korn Ferry Tour. So the PGA Tour has no standing on 'human rights' issues. None. And I wish a player would say that, because its the truth. No matter how you feel about the Saudis and their religion, culture, etc, the 'human rights' issue is just the standard deflection from the fact that a prominent new golf league/association/tour will cost the PGA Tour money and players. And the PGA Tour is doing everything they can to nip this in the bud by basically forbidding its members from even playing in these events.....this despite the fact that the PGA Tour will spout off endlessly about 'growing the game of golf worldwide'. The PGA Tour is naive in the fact that their players truly play for something more than money. They don't. I'm reminded of the scene in Speed when Keanu Reeves' character is asking Dennis Hopper why he's doing what he is doing, and Hopper says, "I'm doing it for the money, of course...I wish I had some other loftier purpose, but in the end its just about the money..." When it comes down to it, the shelf life of an athlete on the field of compeition is often less than 20 years. No matter the sport, the pro athlete has two decades to make as much money as they can in order to live the rest of their lives. The successful ones are able to parlay their success into business ventures or other things when their playing career is over - Jack, Arnie, Tiger, Player, etc are all good examples of that. But for the vast majority of the rank and file, its all about tournament earnings. They'll go where they can get paid. There is a reason why the PGA Tour Champions is the hardest tour to qualify for under the PGA Tour flag - its because the amount of rank-and-file guys looking to pad their earnings in the waning years of their ability to play golf at a high level is staggering. If the PGA Tour is confident in their product, they'll allow their members to play in other events - especially during the time of year that is the leanest part of the PGA Tour schedule. By barring players from playing in events that in previous years they all played in without incident, you're just turning off players even more and strengthening the position of any potential competiion.
  5. Lanny hates pretty much everyone on the Champions Tour except 'Freddie' Couples. Lanny had some good success on the PGA Tour, but he only won one event on the senior circuit, and he's still not gotten over being swept out at CBS Sports from the anchor booth. Lots of guys are doing it better and longer than he did on the golf course, and that clearly bothers him to no end.
  6. Boy, it hasnt taken long for Austrailia to decend from one of the best places on Earth back to its roots of an isolated prison colony. There may well never be an international sporting event held there ever again. Not joking. I certainly wouldn't trust to put on any event there anymore. And if these events even were to resume, you're no longer getting any talented PGA Tour types who don't hail from Austrailia to play there now. I feel bad for any talented Aussie golfers who wish to make it to the PGA Tour type of stage, but they best find a way out of that country now. What a shame.
  7. That 80 at Augusta 10 years ago wrecked him there. Don't see him ever winning a Masters with that scar tissue. He's backdoored some decent finishes there, but otherwise hasn't been a huge factor since them. His US Open win at Congressional was thanks in large part to the course being soaked, allowing bomb and gauge golf. Again, he's backdoored some top 10's at the US Open in recent years, but otherwise is non-competitive due to the fact that he's a below average putter. The PGA and The Open seem to work better for him because it allows his tee-to-green game to carry him. If he wins more major(s), it probably comes from one or both of those. Im not sure of The Open rota in coming years, but the future PGA sites seem favorable for him in the near future.
  8. Due to the depth of talent currently on the PGA Tour, I'd say the exemptions for winning are worth more now than they ever have been. All it takes to lose full-time status is one poor season. See Fowler, Rickie.
  9. Gotta keep up with the rise in inflation and the rise in the cost of living. The way this economy is going, by next year $20 million will be worth about what $15 million currently is worth. So its a wash for the player. But... ....there you go.
  10. I forget who coined the phrase "Long swing, long career" when talking about golf, but more often than not that seems to hold up pretty well. As others have stated, Tiger has used his body hard. Both in his professional and, as we now know, his personal life. Also something that doesn't get mentioned a lot but in my opinion matters a great deal - its pretty well known Tiger suffers very badly from insomnia, which basically was the catalyst for him taking many of the pain/sleep medications he's basically lived on for the better part of two decades. When you don't sleep (or don't sleep well) your body doesn't heal right and doesnt function right. Add to that the various drug cocktails he's consumed over the years, and.... It sounds silly that something like lack of sleep has been the root cause of Tiger's demise physically, but I think it's a big part of it.
  11. He's extremely jealous of just about every one of those guys. About the only guy he likes out there is Fred Couples. His 'analysis' is almost cringe-worthy on a weekly basis. No player, even while winning, seems to be playing good enough for him. It must be a difficult road for him to travel having to watch 80+ players disappoint him so much every week. A guy like Lanny should be celebrating when guys like Phil, Furyk, Stricker, et al choose to play on the Champions Tour as opposed to playing the PGA Tour, where all 3 could be competitive if they chose to play that Tour. They're help keeping him employed.
  12. Are you saying being 23rd in putting on the PGA Tour is not good? I'd say getting almost a half a stroke per round over your competitors in putting is pretty decent. But thats just me.
  13. To this day I still dont know why people think DJ doesn't care or has no clue out there.
  14. How is what Bryson is trying to do with the ball off the putter any different than a touring pro measuring how open their driver face needs to be at impact? Or how many grams a shaft has to be to get optimal ball flight? Or what kind of lie angle do you need on your short irons? I mean, if DJ goes to the TaylorMade rep and says he needs his driver open an additional a quarter of a degree, I doubt the TM rep is going to laugh at him and tell him he's some science wonk who doesn't know what he is talking about. Golf is a game where its equipment for the top level player is measured in tenths of degrees and its weights are added and subtracted in single grams. While some tour pros probably wont get as 'scientific' as Bryson is with regards to the golf ball, I guarantee every Tour pro out there is 100% invested in every piece of equipment that is in their hands, including telling their OEM's to make prototypes and something completely different than the run-of-the-mill stuff.
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