PGA vs Nationwide Tour Season Ender
By mustang6560 on 3/22/11
The PGA Tour is discussing a possible structural change to the end of the season involving qualifying for both the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

The proposed idea is to pit struggling PGA Tour players against the best of the Nationwide Tour in a battle for next season's PGA Tour cards.
Under the preliminary plan, the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings after the Wyndham Championship would advance to the playoffs and compete for $35 million in bonus money, with $10 million for the winner.

Those who don't make the top 125 would have the option of playing a series of three tournaments along with top Nationwide Tour players. Those tournaments also would have a points structure, and it would determine who gets PGA Tour cards the following season.

Among the numbers being mentioned for the three-tournament series is 75 players from the FedEx Cup standings and the top 50 players from the Nationwide Tour money list, with the top 50 players from that series earning their cards.
After the FedEx Cup finale, it's hard to watch the PGA Tour (unless maybe your home course is hosting a Fall Series tournament). The best players are off jet-setting making money or relaxing on the beach somewhere while the "rest" of the players fight to keep their cards. The result - lackluster enthusiasm.

I am definitely in favor of this new idea because it would make the latter part of the season somewhat interesting. I don't think the new structure would add any more non-golf viewers because this change would only further confuse those who already don't understand the FedEx Cup points. However, it would definitely attract the golf fans (like me) who tend to not watch as much golf because of football. Not saying I'd be glued to the TV, but I'd at least be tuned in a little.

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JTW1 says:
This seems to be a very interesting idea; But how many people would really be watching? I am not sure I would turn off the football game to see that.
mustang6560 says:
that's fair, but would you be more inclined the flip to see this proposed new format or the McGladrey Classic?
JTW1 says:
"mustang6560 says:
that's fair, but would you be more inclined the flip to see this proposed new format or the McGladrey Classic?"

HUMMM! Great question!!!
birdieXris says:
I don't know if i like the Qschool thing. I mean, that's hard enough to go through but then you'd only be on the nationwide tour and still have to beat out everyone to get to the top 25 and THEN beat out the rest of the PGA tour that didn't make it. While it would leave a great field for the actual tour, it leaves guys who have been playing well only 3 tournaments to lose it all. I thnk like the fedex cup, it needs to have a run through and see what needs to be fixed, if anything.
dartboss04 says:
i think it would be a great idea...there's something really tangible to play for (not that a million dollar payday typically isn't enough), and most likely there would be a lot of emotion...

it's like the english premier league and the heated relegation matches...
Kickntrue says:
@dartboss04- I like anything that sets up like Relegation system of other leagues. Heck- the NFL would rock under that premise. Obviously the wrong mix- but imagine the Florida Gators and OSU Bucknuts playing for the NFL spot and getting rid of the Oakland Raiders. The argument would be that we'd need another strong league for that idea to exist- but the relegation system would create that league. You don't think Cuban would buy a team in the 2nd division for a chance to work his way into the NFL? I bet you could find 20 other owners like that no problem.
munk24 says:
What I dont like is the Q school thing, no more "Cinderella story, outta nowhere to win the Master" Look Tommy two gloves is one of those, made it thru Q school, lost his card and then earned it back.
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