Policy Board Approves PGA Tour Changes
By mustang6560 on 3/21/12
It's official.

The Policy Board approved the structural changes to the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Q-School proposed by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
"Anytime you make a change, human nature is to ask: Why are we changing? If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Finchem said during a 45-minute news conference in the media center at this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. "There's another way to look at things -- that when things are going pretty well, that's the time to get better. That's the philosophy we've embraced."
I'm not as familiar with the latter philosophy, the one Tim cited in his above explanation. When things are going well, change things to see if you can get them to go really well?

The changes, which take effect in 2013, include the following:
  • The 2014 PGA Tour season will begin in October of 2013 following the conclusion of the FedExCup.

  • The Nationwide Tour will become the primary path to the PGA Tour.

  • Q-School will become the path to the Nationwide Tour.

  • The final three events of the Nationwide Tour will pit the top 75 players on the Nationwide Tour's money list against the players ranked 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedExCup points list and the top 50 will earn PGA Tours for the following season.
Only time will tell if the new changes to the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Q-School are a good thing or not.

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[ comments ]
Torleif Sorenson says:
From a snap-judgement marketing perspective, these seem like fairly smart decisions by the PGA Tour.

(1) It bolsters the importance of Nationwide Tour events, which makes them far easier to market to sponsors and for the Golf Channel;
(2) Because those events become more important, they would, in theory, become more attractive to serious and casual golf fans, as in minor-league hockey and baseball;
(3) It is a more equitable path to the PGA Tour because golfers who play well on the Nationwide Tour are more likely to be able to hang on to their PGA Tour card. How many times have we seen Q-School grads lose their PGA Tour card after just one season?
(4) It would, in theory, give more relevance to the post-FedEx Cup events, especially in the face of TV competition from the NFL;
(5) It would provide a "real-world" alternative to some of the Silly Season made-for-TV events.
bducharm says:
There was NOTHING that compared to the "reality" of Q-school - hate that it is being changed. MOST of the PGA Tour players agree - BAD move.
I like Ike. says:
All for more Nationwide Tour events.
mjaber says:
I think it was Steve Stricker who wanted a compromise, of sorts, to allow for a phenom to make the jump straight to the TOUR.

I think, in general, it's going to be better for both tours. I see it like baseball. No player goes straight from high school/college to the "big show." They spend some time in the minors, gaining valuable knowledge and experience. I think it will help the younger players, to get used to the grind of playing, and if they are good enough, a mid-season promotion is still a possibility.
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