Legends of Golf Gets a Makeover
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/27/14
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, golfers Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and John Cook were among those present in Ridgedale, Missouri on Tuesday for the announcement of a change of venue and a change of format for the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf.
Beginning this year, the two-player teams will compete in foursomes (a.k.a. alternate shot), four-balls (a.k.a. "best ball"), and a scramble.
Another major change is in the venue: The Legends of Golf will be played June 2-8 in the Ozarks area of southwestern Missouri, over two courses: The par-3 Top of the Rock course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the regulation-length Buffalo Ridge Golf Course, which is almost finished with a renovation by original architect Tom Fazio.
The most interesting speaker at the press conference (video below) was Tom Watson:
The players who have already committed to the event include Watson, Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, and Lee Trevino — all World Golf Hall of Fame members.
Aside from last weekend's WGC-Match Play and the Ryder Cup, the official PGA Tour season has only individual medal-play events. The question for you oobers is, would you like to see one of the existing official Tour events changed into a two-player team event? Or perhaps some other format?
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Hale Irwin's claim to fame is whiffing a tap in to possibly win the 1983 Open eventually losing to Watson by one. I wonder if they'll be talking about that.
I would like to see a co-event with the LPGA. 2-person male/female teams playing the above formats.
Runnning it in conjunction with the LPGA prevents griping about uneven/unfair pairings.
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