Tis a shame Europe's top golfers won't support their own tour
The Singapore Masters begins Thursday with a field of players similar to the lackluster one at last week’s Indonesia Open. Many of the top European players have gone missing again, in pursuit of larger purses in the United States.
This is an issue that has plagued the European Tour for years. Its lenient rules state that tour members must participate in 11 European-sanctioned tournaments to remain in good stead. However, those include events co-sanctioned with the PGA such as the majors and the World Golf Championships, which will be played only in the United States for the foreseeable future.
Thus, the top European players can skip Asia, and many do. Some may deign to enter the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, or the Dubai Desert Classic, where purses are larger and conditions tend to be better. But most are nowhere to be seen when it’s time to play in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
It’s hard to blame the players when the money in Asia computes to about half the winnings at PGA events in the States. But as a fan of golf in Asia, I can only voice my disappointment. We must content ourselves with seeing the best Asian golfers compete with Europeans who, with some exceptions, fall into the second rank – good players all, but generally not the glamour boys. I can’t even remember what Sergio Garcia looks like!
In parting, I wish all the Europeans who grumble about the scheduling of WGC events in America would think again. If you really believe golf is a “world game,” why can’t you take a break from the big purses in California, Arizona and Florida and – just a little more often – support your tour in Asia?
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they have to manage that, and keep care of their physical and mind balance.
even a rock like Vijay must take 2 week of holidays now, he has get the saturation point.
I work in an arline, and beleive me, jet lag is a real problem, even for young and athletic biys.
Don't worry, the fiels is slightly better than you mean, thos guys in Singapore are good too.
Please if you meet jean van de Velde on a fairway, say hello to him from two french friends and fans, Patrick Micheletti and Jean-Henri Bernard, he will understand.
Thanks, and have fun there.
Yes, some people find watching European Tour golf boring. I do, sometimes.
I think that the European Tour needs to become more associated with the PGA Tour - HEAVILY associated (in fact, I wouldn't mind if the two were linked completely!) - to add glamour, higher winnings and better players to the field.
Also, it should probably cut its connections with the Asian Tour, but keep the ties with the Australasian Tour (Australian and New Zealand golf is enjoyable during the couple of big events there) - I think this because those co-sanctioned events really do suck, and because cheating seems to occur more often in Asia.
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