PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | One of the saddest modern realities is the emergence of “alternative facts.” These “facts” – aka fictions – have clouded the realm with so much disinformation that it’s hard to distinguish what is real and what isn’t.
Scottie Scheffler winning the Players Championship last week is a fact. Everyone else lost, though the value of their finishes beyond money is subjective.
The disinformation bug unfortunately hit PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in one of his and the tour’s key talking points as it presented the hard sell for the newly approved designated events model for ’24. In backing the legitimacy of limited-field, no-cut events, the commissioner as well as Rory McIlroy erred in using the King and the Bear as examples.
“In fact, Jack Nicklaus won 17 times in that format. Arnold Palmer won 23. Tiger Woods won 26,” Monahan said. “To me, those wins, those, the format did not diminish those accomplishments as we sit here today.”
In FACT, Nicklaus won only seven no-cut events and Palmer only four...
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