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@76: With respect, if Russell Knox wins another tournament then I'd be very surprised!
There have been a lot of mumblings of a merger between then Euro & Asian tours. Which would make a lot of sense. Seeing as the European tour is European in name only, this will help grow the game in the east, as well as increasing prize money. Hopefully, creating a viable alternative to the PGA tour. People like Russell Knox won't have to go abroad anymore!
Hope Euro Tour doesn't go down the football and rugby route of playing BT off against Sky. At the end of the day viewers just end up paying more to line the top players' pockets. Sky have backed the Euro tour for a long while. Too much hassle having all those remotes anyway.
73. the route used to be asst pro. i doubt in eur that there is enough qual comps for ados of that age within a reasonable area. we were allowed to play at college but we didn't have any comps - i'm doubt that is echoed in all areas.i'm afraid i don't know the route they may take now... that said whilst at home in oct i noticed a few kids having group lessons on the range...how i started...
71, I was thinking more of the 15/16yr old that are already playing to a low handicap and would like to give it a go as a tour Pro. In Europe, these don't have the fall back of higher education if they dont make. Unless they have money behind them it is the option of sleeping in cars and struggling on the lower tours, giving up to do something else or hoping a US college will take them
stop making courses longer to try and halt the big hitters, instead have less width on fairways and more penal rough, not like st Andrews where without the elements the course has no protection, golf should be about accuracy from tee to green and a good short game, not about hitting the ball 100 yards off line then still be able to get on the green for 2 shots.
70. good points. must admit, if you ever want to feel like a third class citizen join a golf club as a junior! that said i'm sure things are better now. certainly, my old club have some great initiatives for juniors including free membership with a parent or grand parent...
The European Tour needs to focus on junior golf to earn some loyalty from the start. The only real viable option for a young, talented golfer without lots of money behind them is to gain a scholarship to a US college. If the US colleges are willing to invest in players like Gmac, Donald, Casey etc then the US deserve to enjoy the fruits of their investment.
The gap between the 2 tours has increased to such an extent that its difficult to see it ever being bridged. You can't attract top players without money - you can't get money without sponsors - you can't get sponsors without the top players. Its a vicious circle.
I dont see any way that the Euro tour can compete in the spring- Honda,Bay Hill,Doral,Masters,Cadillac, Heritage, Sawgrass, US open. Dream tour, great courses and competition. Eurotour needs improve its autumn schedule-after the PGA, the US tour loses its lustre which is why the Fed Ex.I think Pelley is onto something-move euro pga and two of the big Euro opens between PGA and Ryder Cup.
66. 100% right but then the problem is that the ET pay for it so want some control over who plays in it. At the mo its their only trump card.The ET is a great tour which because of the weather, in europe, has adapted to include warmer clima and extending the season. It cannot compete with investment in pga simple aside from other factors...
Why should a European have to be a member of the tour to represent the continent in the Ryder Cup? After all it is not a competition between the two tours as many of the players are members of both. The truth is that this is just one way of blackmailing the players to remain ET members.The players should be allowed to play where they like and represent the continent of their considered origin.
still fail to see why slow play is a problem for a tournament. when you are watching on tv coverage cuts between shots so the viewing public are barely exposed to it. however, one way would be to work who the slow players were and send them all out together after the others. if they fail to finish they have to tee off at 5am the following morning. if they get caught up they get eliminated...
Slow play would be drastically reduced if players/caddies allowed gps distance measuring devices as in amateur golf. Stupid not to, so caddies have to pace out distances, especially long winded when ball finishes in unusual spot.
Whisky. So bumping up prize money on the European Tour is going to solve the tours problems and will make Rose, McIlroy, Speith, Watson, Day etc come to cold and windy UK ? The US players moan about 4 days playing the Open because its not like California !
@BantamThe money on the ET is much less than what is on offer in USA, so why would you a guy who is making a living choose the ET if they can compete in USA@RageThe European Tour is clearly not as strong as the US Tour, it's levels below; so all it shows is that Europeans play better as a team than the yanks in a Exhibition match.
@54 I think it does, it shows bringing in the Europeans to strengthen the team and expanding the tour to better weather areas (aus/Africa/asia/m east) helps us to compete better, explaining the better record in recent years in the RC and the fact we no longer have to rely on the 2 or 3 marquee players but have excellent strength in depth. which proves improvement in the ET over the last 10-20years
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