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POLL: It seems like Tour players like non-traditional events. Do fans?

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This week, the PGA Tour heads to the revamped Zurich Classic for the second year of the two-man team competition. Tournament organizers continue to refine the format (adding walk-up music this year!), but players are embracing the competition…perhaps to a surprising degree.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner addressed this

“PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new…In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions…Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it.”

Before discussing the merits of Lavner’s claim, let’s look at the field from the European Tour’s GolfSixes event to see who shows up for that tournament.

Here’s what last year’s field looked like

1. ENGLAND: Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan
2. THAILAND: Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
3. AUSTRALIA: Sam Brazel, Scott Hend
4. SOUTH AFRICA: Darren Fichardt, Brandon Stone
5. DENMARK: Thorbjørn Olesen, Lucas Bjerregaard
6. FRANCE: Alexander Levy, Grégory Bourdy
7. SPAIN: Pablo Larrazábal, Jorge Campillo
8. WALES: Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson
9. USA: Paul Peterson, David Lipsky
10. NETHERLANDS; Joost Luiten, Reinier Saxton
11. BELGIUM: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry
12. SWEDEN: Johan Carlsson,Joakim Lagergren
13. INDIA: S.S.P Chawrasia, Chikkarangappa S
14. PORTUGAL: Ricardo Gouveia, José-Filipe Lima
15. ITALY: Matteo Manassero, Renato Paratore
16. SCOTLAND: Richie Ramsay, Marc Warren

Neither Chris Wood nor Andy Sullivan are among the 10 best English golfers. Although, the top six play primarily on the PGA Tour. Looking through the rest of the teams, however, several countries’ top players turned up. Saying the top players on the European Tour were showing up en masse last year would be inappropriate, but clearly the event was embraced (and is returning this year).

So, let’s ourselves embrace the idea that players (at least some/enough players) like non-traditional events. Whether they want to see more of them is another question, and one which we don’t have data on.

We can, however, compile some data on what the fans think and whether they want to see more non-traditional tournaments, and that’s where you come in GolfWRX members. Let us know by responding to the polls below, we’ll be sure to share your results with the PGA and European Tours!

Do you like watching non-tradition Tour events? (such as the Zurich Classic, GolfSixes)

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Would you like more non-traditional events on the Tour schedule?

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  1. SV

    Apr 24, 2018 at 8:55 am

    “Non-traditional” events go back a long ways on the PGA Tour; Miami Four Ball, Haig & Haig and others. It depends on the sponsors feeling they are getting their money’s worth of exposure and attendance. Based on past history it seems the sponsors feel they get more from 72 hole stroke play events. Non-traditional events come and go because people tire of them.

  2. Radim Pavlicek

    Apr 24, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Ryder cup is awesome.

    • Acemandrake

      Apr 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

      …and the President’s Cup isn’t.

  3. Caroline

    Apr 23, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    They all forget to add “as long as the pay is there” a good share of these non-traditional events have no cuts so caddie and player are getting a pay day for sure….

  4. Blake

    Apr 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The field is what i care about.

  5. Aaron

    Apr 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I still miss The International at Castle Pines. Great golf course, great field, and great milk shakes. It could be the coolest format ever, but if players don’t show up, the event loses it’s luster.

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