Sorry all you naysayers, doomsayers and nattering nabobs of negativism, the apocalypse isn’t nigh yet for the glittering world of professional men’s golf.
But critical mass is approaching. And if steps aren’t taken soon, it will be upon us quickly.
In today’s regular edition of Global Golf Post, our lead columnist, Ron Green Jr., outlined the problems and reasons for the problems stemming from an ill-conceived playoff system that urges burned out superstars to play four straight weeks at the end of the meat of a season that includes four major championships and a full plate of travel.
At the BMW Championships Sunday, Sergio García made a triple bogey on the 71st hole and later said his mind wasn’t fresh enough to make the right decisions on that hole. Excuses are rarely legitimate. That one was.
Phil Mickelson already had withdrawn from the event after two rounds, citing fatigue and the need to conserve energy for the upcoming Ryder Cup. His Ryder Cup wingman, Keegan Bradley, basically DQ’d himself at Cherry Hills. But he did it long after the round, saying the ruling he got from a Tour official was insufficient and that he should have called another player over to help him determine whether his ball was embedded or not.
His explanation, if not his honesty, was a bit of a head scratcher. Cynics will say he was ultimately happy just to get away from the event after grinding for weeks to make the American Ryder Cup team. Cynics aren’t always wrong.
Anyway, if the top players are overtaxed now, just wait until 2016 when the Olympics are shoehorned into a schedule that will all include four majors, four playoffs and a Ryder Cup.
This kind of overambitious schedule making is guaranteed to leave valuable title sponsors unhappy when the top players don’t show up at their events.
There is an old proverb warning against killing the goose that laid the golden egg. It is relevant in this situation.
The PGA Tour needs to take a gander.