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#1 argaet

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:17 AM

I know there was the proposed tour by Norman in the 90s and the PGA is expanding into Asia etc. But will we ever see a true World Golf Tour?  In order for it to happen the European Tour and PGA would have to work together somehow (to what benefit for either I don't know). Being from Australia, with no geographical attachment to either major tour, I'd love to see it. 15 events in the US, 15 in Europe, another 15 spread between the rest of the world. There'd be a lot of things to work out in terms of television, sponsorship etc but I think the idea has legs.

I'm particularly interested in the opinion of guys from the US vs the rest of the world.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:02 AM

I wouldn't think the US players would  be on board since it only creates more work and time away for them.  And since they would be the majority contributor to the attraction , I doubt it ever happens.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:22 AM

Travel all over the globe so a bunch of guys that live in Florida and Texas can play against each other?  Sounds good.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

Possible schedule:

December

Tournament of Champions - In Australia
Australian Open
Break for Christmas

January

South Africa Open
A big South African tournament, possibly Nedbank Challenge as a WGC
Abu Dhabi
Dubai Desert

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Genesis Open

March

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April

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Masters
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Wells Fargo

May

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Colonial
WGC Matchplay
PGA Championship

June

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US Open
Wentworth
French Open

July

Irish Open
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Open
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:07 AM

A global or world tour would make all golfers "international" in status thus making the President's Cup and Ryder Cup matches immaterial.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:20 AM

View Postgolfandfishing, on 17 May 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

Travel all over the globe so a bunch of guys that live in Florida and Texas can play against each other?  Sounds good.

It's no problem

just need like


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:49 AM

View Postargaet, on 17 May 2018 - 06:17 AM, said:

I know there was the proposed tour by Norman in the 90s and the PGA is expanding into Asia etc. But will we ever see a true World Golf Tour?  In order for it to happen the European Tour and PGA would have to work together somehow (to what benefit for either I don't know). Being from Australia, with no geographical attachment to either major tour, I'd love to see it. 15 events in the US, 15 in Europe, another 15 spread between the rest of the world. There'd be a lot of things to work out in terms of television, sponsorship etc but I think the idea has legs.

I'm particularly interested in the opinion of guys from the US vs the rest of the world.

This reminds me of

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:50 AM

View Postbscinstnct, on 17 May 2018 - 08:49 AM, said:

View Postargaet, on 17 May 2018 - 06:17 AM, said:

I know there was the proposed tour by Norman in the 90s and the PGA is expanding into Asia etc. But will we ever see a true World Golf Tour?  In order for it to happen the European Tour and PGA would have to work together somehow (to what benefit for either I don't know). Being from Australia, with no geographical attachment to either major tour, I'd love to see it. 15 events in the US, 15 in Europe, another 15 spread between the rest of the world. There'd be a lot of things to work out in terms of television, sponsorship etc but I think the idea has legs.

I'm particularly interested in the opinion of guys from the US vs the rest of the world.

This reminds me of

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:49 AM

View Postbscinstnct, on 17 May 2018 - 08:20 AM, said:

View Postgolfandfishing, on 17 May 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

Travel all over the globe so a bunch of guys that live in Florida and Texas can play against each other?  Sounds good.

It's no problem

just need like


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:28 AM

My idea has always been you do a 21 event world tour.

4 Majors
4 WGCs (USA, Latin America, Asia, Dubia) (Match Play Events)
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Top 75 players automatically for all 20 events. Majors/WGC/TPC/BMW, can set fields how they want. World Tour events have 25 spots avaliable for players from feeder tours (PGA Tour, Euro Tour, Asian Tour, etc).

Members must play at least 15 events on tour, must play 1 event from theit "home" tour, must play one event on another tour. (exceptions for injuries), minimum salery for full status players.

Top 40 players qualify for world Championship. Top 50 players get status next year.

Top 10 players from PGA Tour qualify for WT
Top 10 players from Euro
Top 3 from Asia
Top 2 from remaining OWGR

you still have the PGA Tour and Euro Tour but thry operate now to feed players into big events. Then at least two big players would be playing in the smaller events as well

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:41 AM

View Post2putttom, on 17 May 2018 - 09:49 AM, said:

View Postbscinstnct, on 17 May 2018 - 08:20 AM, said:

View Postgolfandfishing, on 17 May 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

Travel all over the globe so a bunch of guys that live in Florida and Texas can play against each other?  Sounds good.

It's no problem

just need like


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:14 PM

View Postargaet, on 17 May 2018 - 06:17 AM, said:

I know there was the proposed tour by Norman in the 90s and the PGA is expanding into Asia etc. But will we ever see a true World Golf Tour?  In order for it to happen the European Tour and PGA would have to work together somehow (to what benefit for either I don't know). Being from Australia, with no geographical attachment to either major tour, I'd love to see it. 15 events in the US, 15 in Europe, another 15 spread between the rest of the world. There'd be a lot of things to work out in terms of television, sponsorship etc but I think the idea has legs.

I'm particularly interested in the opinion of guys from the US vs the rest of the world.

PGA Tour players already play for a million dollar check each week in America.  There's no need for them to travel across the world a bunch of times for events.   There's a reason why the best international players in the world all want to play on the PGA Tour.

Australia is just such a travel and logistical nightmare from the US that it just wouldnt work.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:15 PM

View Postbladehunter, on 17 May 2018 - 07:02 AM, said:

I wouldn't think the US players would  be on board since it only creates more work and time away for them.  And since they would be the majority contributor to the attraction , I doubt it ever happens.

It could work but they would have to

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in order to get guys to put up with the disruption to their lives with the travel.


Also, I think most of the good players, Euro included, base their schedules on how to best be prepared for the Majors. That's why most, even non-US, live here a good portion of the year.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:47 PM

You guys down under have a hemispheric problem. Don't make it a global problem. :D


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:14 PM

...the world golf tour already exists and it's one of the best golf game apps you could ever hope for (available on PC, Android, and Apple) --> https://m.wgt.com/

https://www.youtube....h?v=DZZuzPfeibM

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:51 AM

View PostConrad1953, on 17 May 2018 - 04:47 PM, said:

You guys down under have a hemispheric problem. Don't make it a global problem. :D

100% agree!

I fully understand the improbability of it, I guess what I was truly asking hypothetically if all those hurdles weren’t in place would it be of interest to anyone. A man can dream but!

Edited by argaet, 18 May 2018 - 02:51 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 03:10 AM

Unfortunately we'll never see the best players compete on the best courses :(

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 04:08 AM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

Amazingly, for the 6 billion others of us that don't live in the US, seeing the same american players play the same courses with the same fans also gets pretty stale, especially when for most of us, you play at night..

Wait for big Asian money to get invested into tournaments outside of the US and everyone will be jumping a Netjets to come play golf. I suspect it may take another generation to get going (and maybe an Asian OWGR#1) but I can see it happening in my lifetime.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:06 AM

View PostBingo1976, on 18 May 2018 - 04:08 AM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

Amazingly, for the 6 billion others of us that don't live in the US, seeing the same american players play the same courses with the same fans also gets pretty stale, especially when for most of us, you play at night..

Wait for big Asian money to get invested into tournaments outside of the US and everyone will be jumping a Netjets to come play golf. I suspect it may take another generation to get going (and maybe an Asian OWGR#1) but I can see it happening in my lifetime.

Hopefully with that big Asian money and shift towards a global focus we also see a major moves out of the US too. The PGA is the obvious one to go.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:24 AM

View Postargaet, on 18 May 2018 - 06:06 AM, said:

View PostBingo1976, on 18 May 2018 - 04:08 AM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

Amazingly, for the 6 billion others of us that don't live in the US, seeing the same american players play the same courses with the same fans also gets pretty stale, especially when for most of us, you play at night..

Wait for big Asian money to get invested into tournaments outside of the US and everyone will be jumping a Netjets to come play golf. I suspect it may take another generation to get going (and maybe an Asian OWGR#1) but I can see it happening in my lifetime.

Hopefully with that big Asian money and shift towards a global focus we also see a major moves out of the US too. The PGA is the obvious one to go.

The "PGA" is run by the PGA of America. So...I dont really see this moving anytime soon. Nor would I want it to.

99% or more of the PGA Tour lives in America full time. PGA players already play in events in Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia and probably other countries I'm missing. Not sure the PGA Tour really needs any sort of concentrated "swing" outside the US.

As far as just "hoping a Netjets" to get there - thats great for the Top 20 or the guys rich enough to afford the travel. But thats about all you'd get. Guys outside the Top 50 or 100 arent spending the money to go over there, to risk missing a cut and go home in two days. Guys who are getting fat appearence fees are already going to those events.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:54 AM

Yes, but it’s not to say that the major outside of the US would stay as the PGA. The PGA would still exist as a tournament, just not a major. With a global focus, other tournaments would rise in prestige. Three major tournaments in one country is boring and hardly reflects the global reach of golf

Non American PGA players would no longer need to be based in the US as tournaments would be held worldwide. I’m sure if given the choice most would prefer to be based somewhere else.

I guess fields wouldn’t be made up of all current PGA players. Top 70 world rankings, plus other qualifiers then the remainder of the fields made up of players native to that country playing on their lower tier tour. It’d make for some great underdog stories.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:26 AM

never happens.. You stand a better chance of moving Augusta national to an island in the south pacific than to move the PGA out of the country .
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 08:18 AM

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never happens.. You stand a better chance of moving Augusta national to an island in the south pacific than to move the PGA out of the country .

I was going to say you'd have better luck moving the Masters to a local Topgolf but I'll accept this too LOL.

If PGA players dont want to play on the PGA - they are free to base themselves wherever they want. No one is making them live in Florida. There are tours all over the world. No one is forcing them to stay/play here. I think they have all found though that there are many many reasons why its better than the alternatives.

I dont understand the interest in forcing more PGA events outside of the US. Just like I'm not interested in forcing any...Japan Tour events to be held in Oregon.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:16 AM

View Postargaet, on 18 May 2018 - 06:54 AM, said:

Yes, but it’s not to say that the major outside of the US would stay as the PGA. The PGA would still exist as a tournament, just not a major. With a global focus, other tournaments would rise in prestige. Three major tournaments in one country is boring and hardly reflects the global reach of golf

Non American PGA players would no longer need to be based in the US as tournaments would be held worldwide. I’m sure if given the choice most would prefer to be based somewhere else.

I guess fields wouldn’t be made up of all current PGA players. Top 70 world rankings, plus other qualifiers then the remainder of the fields made up of players native to that country playing on their lower tier tour. It’d make for some great underdog stories.

Non-American PGA Tour players are based in the US because the PGA Tour is the top professional golf tour in the world, both in money and prestige... and being based in the US allows for much easier travel.   Even on the PGA Tour, these guys are traveling ALL THE TIME.  Likewise, having a residence in a place like Florida or southern California allows the player to play/practice during the fall and winter months when the schedule thins out and many of the top pros take time off.

The average flight from Orlando to Sydney like a 30 hour flight, with 2 or 3 stops.  From Los Angeles, its like 20-25 hours depending on the number of stops.  There's no way in hell a guy is gonna do that to go play in a golf tournament, unless he has a home in Austraila and its important to him - like, for instance, Adam Scott or Jason Day.  You talk like travel for these guys would be just like hopping in the car and driving down to the local club down the street.  For an American golfer to go to Sydney or Melbourne and play in a tournament or two would basically cost him a full month or six weeks in his schedule, when you factor in travel, logistics, jet lag, etc.  It makes no sense in any way, shape or form.

The WGC Match Play in 2001 that was held in Australia is a great reference point to look at in terms of how strong a field would be should a PGA Tour type of event be held there.  That WGC event was perhaps the weakest WGC event in its history.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:23 AM

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View Postheavy_hitter, on 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

Amazingly, for the 6 billion others of us that don't live in the US, seeing the same american players play the same courses with the same fans also gets pretty stale, especially when for most of us, you play at night..

Wait for big Asian money to get invested into tournaments outside of the US and everyone will be jumping a Netjets to come play golf. I suspect it may take another generation to get going (and maybe an Asian OWGR#1) but I can see it happening in my lifetime.

As long as the purses on the PGA Tour are at the levels they are at, its just not gonna happen.  

The purse and winners share this week at the Byron Nelson is not far off what the WGC in China currently pays.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:28 AM

View PostBingo1976, on 18 May 2018 - 04:08 AM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 17 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

I don't even like watching the WGC events that are in other countries.  Already have the Ryder, President's Cup, and the Olympics for international events.  A World tour would be pretty boring.

Amazingly, for the 6 billion others of us that don't live in the US, seeing the same american players play the same courses with the same fans also gets pretty stale, especially when for most of us, you play at night..

Wait for big Asian money to get invested into tournaments outside of the US and everyone will be jumping a Netjets to come play golf. I suspect it may take another generation to get going (and maybe an Asian OWGR#1) but I can see it happening in my lifetime.

It may take a while...

China shuts down billionaire's golf courses


The closures are the latest case of Chinese government officials cracking downon golf, which has become a symbol of the political corruption against which President Xi Jinping has been waging a massive, high-profile campaign. They also represent a fresh setback for Wanda, which has found parts of its businesses under pressure from authorities this year.

The Fusong County government ordered Wanda to stop golf operations at a resort in Changbaishan last month, according to a brief notice posted on the government's website on Friday. It didn't give a reason for the closures or say if they're permanent.
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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:30 AM

View PostJaNelson38, on 18 May 2018 - 09:16 AM, said:

View Postargaet, on 18 May 2018 - 06:54 AM, said:

Yes, but it’s not to say that the major outside of the US would stay as the PGA. The PGA would still exist as a tournament, just not a major. With a global focus, other tournaments would rise in prestige. Three major tournaments in one country is boring and hardly reflects the global reach of golf

Non American PGA players would no longer need to be based in the US as tournaments would be held worldwide. I’m sure if given the choice most would prefer to be based somewhere else.

I guess fields wouldn’t be made up of all current PGA players. Top 70 world rankings, plus other qualifiers then the remainder of the fields made up of players native to that country playing on their lower tier tour. It’d make for some great underdog stories.

Non-American PGA Tour players are based in the US because the PGA Tour is the top professional golf tour in the world, both in money and prestige... and being based in the US allows for much easier travel.   Even on the PGA Tour, these guys are traveling ALL THE TIME.  Likewise, having a residence in a place like Florida or southern California allows the player to play/practice during the fall and winter months when the schedule thins out and many of the top pros take time off.

The average flight from Orlando to Sydney like a 30 hour flight, with 2 or 3 stops.  From Los Angeles, its like 20-25 hours depending on the number of stops.  There's no way in hell a guy is gonna do that to go play in a golf tournament, unless he has a home in Austraila and its important to him - like, for instance, Adam Scott or Jason Day.  You talk like travel for these guys would be just like hopping in the car and driving down to the local club down the street.  For an American golfer to go to Sydney or Melbourne and play in a tournament or two would basically cost him a full month or six weeks in his schedule, when you factor in travel, logistics, jet lag, etc.  It makes no sense in any way, shape or form.

The WGC Match Play in 2001 that was held in Australia is a great reference point to look at in terms of how strong a field would be should a PGA Tour type of event be held there.  That WGC event was perhaps the weakest WGC event in its history.

Forget them bringing their own caddies as well.  The caddies couldn't afford to go unless the player is paying for them.

Why go play in other countries when the best tour in the world is right here in the USA?  Makes zero sense.  American players do not care about someone in Hong Kong or Australia watching them play.  This is a job for them.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:58 AM

Fine the way it is, no reason to give up any leverage the Tour has and it's pretty much a world tour now and European Tour is surviving and has expanded to meet challenges.

But this has to come up every few months I guess.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:14 PM

Exactly.  The cake tastes good to the baker.  Why would  he/she add a little Tabasco to the recipe ?  Just because ?   If there were a market for a world tour  it would exist.  Isn’t there an Australian/Asian tour ?   A European tour ?  A South African tour ?  A South American tour ?  Etc. If you want to promote matches between the tours cool.  But to delute the successful tour that props up all the others with interest , fans and $ would be suicide.

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