Unintended Consequences
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/18/13
One of the consequences of the PGA Tour moving to an October 2013 start, instead of January, is that some up-and-coming golfers from Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the Pacific Rim may have to miss the three biggest events in their home country.

The three biggest championships in Australian golf take place over four weeks in November:
For those of you not familiar with the geography of Australia, that's a tremendous amount of cross-country travel.

In addition, the semi-annual World Cup of Golf will also be played at Royal Melbourne, November 21-24. 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott and Jason Day are likely to represent "Oz" at that event.

Although Scott has a secure place on the U.S. PGA Tour and doesn't need to play if he doesn't want to, he'll be playing all four weeks. However, several others from Down Under have the problem of being scheduled to play only one of those events. They include Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers, Matt Jones, and Marc Leishman.

With the European Tour recently asserting a "protectionist" mandate, it is not unreasonable for the PGA Tour of Australasia to consider asking their native stars to play more than just once during these major events. Fortunately for them, they come in a four-week span this year.

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[ comments ]
joe jones says:
With the change of schedule and the expansion of the PGA schedule it was inevitable that one of the tours would suffer. Over the years the Australian players have supported the PGA but now it might be necessary for their tour to enforce a participation clause that makes them choose between the two tours.Australia has some of the greatest golf courses in the world. It would be a shame if the Austra-Asia tour turned into a minor tour because of this.
Matt F says:
The scheduling conflicts suck. I wonder if it would be possible to have a big enough event that "internationals" would support it in Australia...probably not unless you paid them all an appearance fee.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Matt, I'd really hate to have them rely on appearance fees. Frankly, four weeks in Australia wouldn't be enough for me to see and visit everything I want to visit. The only problem with a November schedule, of course, is that the AFL season and Grand Final are done by then.
Matt F says:
Tor, you can always watch the aerial ping pong on tv. The NRL Grand Final is on in a couple of weeks. :)
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