“Minor comment on the elevated events thing: I think people are forgetting that this part of the West Coast swing has always been awesome.”
Absolutely. The WM and the Genesis have been two amazing events that have delivered back to back for a while now.
“I don’t know how much the elevated events will help, whether you have 10 top players or 20, does it really matter?”
I think it matters that Rory is playing the WM instead of chilling on his couch in Jupiter, but i certainly think it is really the top 5-10 big dogs that matter a lot more than numbers 11-20. The 20 million bucks does give the whole thing a little more pop for me as well, now that the four-footers these guys are standing over actually affect their checkbooks as much as they affect mine…
“I’m just praying they don’t make these events limited field, no-cut events next year.”
This would be terrible-- they cannot let this happen. If you want to play 4 days, put the ball in the hole!! That’s what TW did 142 times in a row!! My statement to players complaining about the cut: If you are complaining about a cut, you aren’t good enough to complain about a cut!! GTFO!
Personally, I would like to see two cuts: 1 after 36 holes, and one after 54 (down to like 20 or 30 players or whatever, with a big bump in pay for the last one. 250k minimum or something. Really the best solution would be, if you are a top 25 guy in the OWGR and you MC, you get fined 250k and that gets used to pay the purse but I know this won’t happen.
The justification for a no-cut event is so dumb/insane!! They says it really helps the “product” to have the stars around on the weekend. Oh yeah? Well why is it then that every Sunday you only see the shots hit by 4 players max? What is the point of having guys around if they have no chance to win, and you wont even show them on the broadcast!! SMH
Another thing about this tournament that is good and solves the no-cut issue from the standpoint of the players-- it isn’t in some crappy office park in Florida or rural Texas or something. If you MC, you can go get brunch at Carbone and hit Nobu for dinner! Bring the Barclays and BMW back so when these guys MC they can hit the town instead of complaining!