jmck, on 13 November 2018 - 02:12 PM, said:
Dave230, on 13 November 2018 - 01:46 PM, said:
The European Tour helped Koepka get to three majors, helped Molinari this year and helped himself win majors.
He won a major in a year he had no PGA Tour membership if I remember.
So not necessarily looking out for his game but for his bank account (Fed Ex goes up to $15m this year).
If he is skipping Dubai there's no reason he couldn't play Irish or Scottish, Omega Masters, Wentworth and Dubai. Wouldn't be hard at all and it would have no impact on his PGA Tour season. And he could still have 20 weeks off or however many he has.
The 'I'll come back for the Ryder Cup' comment was selfish, what suits me.
Dave230, on 13 November 2018 - 01:51 PM, said:
If you want to be the greatest European golfer, you don't skip the European Tour when you only have to play 4 measly events in 12 months. Seve has 50 wins and Faldo was a stalwart, if you want to be the best European golfer you don't ditch your own tour in my opinion.
First of all, Rory doesn't need the money, and, forgetting the FedEx Cup money for a moment, has done very very little in the way of chasing appearance fees, unlike some other top players I could name (cough*Tiger*cough). Heck, Rory got in trouble a few years back when he said the $10m FedEx prize didn't mean much to him! People were on here ripping him a new one about that, lol.
Secondly, he didn't say he wanted to be the greatest European Tour player
. He said he wanted to be the greatest European golfer
. That means playing against the best, which by and large mean a limited schedule on the Euro tour. Here's a quote from his interview: "I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week in and week out, and for the most part of the season that is in America." I don't see how anyone can argue against that.
No one loved Seve more than me, but when it comes to ranking him among the all time greats he gets dinged for running up his win totals in minor tournaments against inferior competition, and rightly so. He played very little in America, and he spent a lot of time chasing appearance fees all over the globe. People complained about that at the time, now people are complaining about Rory doing the opposite.
He has a full uninterrupted PGA Tour schedule anyway, I don't see how he can't play four events over the course of a year.
Not saying that he should play the Indian Open to support the Tour, just a very small selection of the best events, he'd only have to play half of the Rolex Series to satisfy the criteria.
Appearance money/prize money are means to the same end, if all the money was in Europe then Rory would not be in America. They're all chasing the biggest purses and they are in the US right now with the Fed-Ex splurge.
I don't like the idea that playing on the European Tour is detrimental to your chances of majors, the European Tour produces lots of major winners because there is a great variety of courses and I definitely think it has helped Koepka and others who have played it. Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia both won the Masters after winning the Dubai Desert Classic for example. It's another case of McIlroy losing an element of what made him one of the world's best players.
Edited by Dave230, 14 November 2018 - 03:29 AM.