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A PGA Tour-LPGA Tour tournament is on the horizon…but what should the format be?

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Speaking after the two-man competition at the Zurich Classic, commissioner Jay Monahan told reporters we could soon see PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players competing in the same event.

“We’re very interested in getting the men and women together inside the ropes in the same week and in the same competition,” Monahan said. “I think that’s something you’ll see in the future. It’s just a matter of time. That’s really exciting and interesting.”

LPGA Tour commissioner, Mike Whan, is of the same mind. He told Golf Channel earlier in the week.

“We still have significant interest in developing joint events,” Whan said. “We have a team made up of representatives from both organizations who are vetting different approaches. Personally, I don’t care if it’s a full-field official event, some kind of mixed team, or a limited-number, made-for-TV event – as any/all would create significant fan, media, and player interest/excitement.”

As we’ve discussed recently, the 2018-2019 PGA Tour calendar is yet to be finalized. Despite the increased will from both tours, no concrete proposal has emerged for a PGA-LPGA Tour event next year.

In light of this fact, and Mike Whan’s indication that the door is wide open with respect to format, we’d like to know what you’d like to see, GolfWRX members. What format would work best? Any thought to where the tournament should fall in the calendar?

Let us know!

 

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  1. m c organ

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    i think the old j c penny format was pretty good…….would love to see a mixed team event

  2. jmvargas

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    alternate men’s and ladies tees every day–ie–#1 is men’s tees #2 is ladies tees etc…..

    same format as Zurich 2018…

    choose top 72 players each based on world rankings and pair #1 men with #72 ladies,#1 ladies with #72 men etc…down the line..

    total prize money at least $5M…1st prize $1m/2…

    schedule between Masters and US Open..

  3. BillyBogey

    Apr 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Make it same format as the Zurich. Keep it simple.
    Ask some of the Player’s for their input.
    Play 1st. or 2nd. w/e of Dec. Theme it a Fun Event.
    Even have their own Walk Up Music. Cool!!
    Let’s Do It!!

  4. DougE

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Stroke play. Same purse for all. Offer respective FedEx and CME Globe points. Mixed 3-somes based on luck of the draw. So there’s potential for some unique groupings. Like maybe Michele Wie, Lexi Thompson and Zack Johnson all in the same group. Men from 7400 yards, Women from 6400. I love Zack, but my money’s on Lexi in that pairing. Not that Tiger would ever play in something corny, but it would be cool to see him in a group with Cheyenne Woods, going head to head with his niece. (He’d eat her lunch.) I would not be surprised to see a woman win the event. In fact, I think it would be pretty cool to watch a tight Sunday finish…and maybe even a playoff, with a top level guy and a top level girl fighting it out, her only advantage being the 1000 yd shorter course. I’d watch, for sure.

    • M Smith

      May 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Because of the physiological differences between men’s and women’s bodies, specifically the type and location of upper body muscles, women have the potential to hit the ball about 85% of the distance of men. So a 7400 yard course for men and a 6300 yard course for women would present an equal challenge. A woman would not have an advantage. It would be equal.

  5. joro

    Apr 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    DUH, are they really this stupid? They had one a few years ago sponsored by J C Penny Co. where LPGA and PGA players teamed up. It was canceled eventually for lack of interest, which is where the LPGA is going under Whan if they don’t start enforcing the new slow play and dress code rules. The last Tourney if it had not been for the Korean fans would have had nobody watching.

  6. Ryan

    Apr 30, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Stroke play. Men and woman different tee box.

  7. youknow

    Apr 29, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Top 100 men play Augusta and Top 100 women watch.

  8. Tommy

    Apr 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I’d love to see alternate shot with mixed pairs. We’d get to see the guys hitting long irons into greens on every other hole for a change. It could be interesting, or very boring seeing them miss greens like the rest of us.

  9. dj

    Apr 29, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Day 1 foursome, day 2 four ball. It would make an interesting tournament.

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week

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Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.

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The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.

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While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart

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A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.

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There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.

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Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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