gatorMD, on 15 May 2018 - 02:55 PM, said:
SilverBullets, on 15 May 2018 - 02:32 PM, said:
Moving it back is kind of a necessary evil. Right now, with the PGA Champ being in August, the FedEx Cup Playoffs being after that, the Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup being after that... then mixing in the Olympics... And then there's the fact that the tour now has a wrap around schedule. things are too jammed up at the end of the year. The elite players want to take breaks and need to take breaks. The schedule is jam packed in the back half of the year and it leads to elite players skipping events like the Olympics and possibly even the presidents cup.
The tour wants events like the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the President's Cup and even the Olympics (even though they aren't really part of the Olympics) to have increased importance for the global growth of the game. By moving the PGA Championship up, it allows players to take a break in the summer which could/should increase participation and interest level in the exhibition events. It also allows them to try and make the FedEx Cup Playoffs more of a marquee event.
The Tour has been trying to push this wrap around season for a while now and let's face it, it hasn't worked. Casual golf fans, and even serious golf fans, don't care. The first marquee event is in mid April. That leaves a solid 5-6 months of a season which fans don't care about. A big part of the problem with the wrap around schedule is the quality of events. There are none right now. By moving the Players to March it adds a standalone marquee event earlier in the season. Even though it's just a few weeks prior to the Masters, it still starts fans' interest in golf earlier in the year.
The Players is an established event. It's a marquee event. It won't lose any lust by being moved to March.
My biggest concern, being from Columbus, Ohio, is will there be an impact to the Memorial. The Memorial, while not a Major and not the Players is right there on that next tier. It's a field which traditionally gets the best of the best because it's Jack's event, its at a pristine facility, and it's two weeks before the US Open. With the PGA Champ now right before the Memorial, will the elite players still show up? Or will they sit it out as it's a solid time for a break between majors now?
I'm so curious as to who skips the next Olympics secondary to getting caught doping.... U will never change my mind as to why so many top player skipped the first one....
I think that certainly played a role. I think there were other reasons and I don't think any of them were positive. Doping, not playing for money, don't care about the Olympics as they add nothing to a tour player's career resume (from a perspective of what they actually care about), too big of a hassle for too little of a payoff, etc.
I don't think moving these tournaments will help with players skipping the Olympics, but, I do think it creates some more opportunity to ramp up the FedEx Cup Playoffs and have guys not be so worn out entering the Ryder Cup/President's Cup. That could in turn give some of the wrap around events a little better field.