Woke up today to a ton of news about post-season golf tournaments. For instance:
–IMG announced that it will bring back the PNC Father/Son Challenge in December in Orlando. Except it’s not just fathers and sons. It’s fathers and sons and grandson and daughters. It also kind of raises the question, who was watching this Silly Season event before it disappeared for a while? But IMG does not put on tournaments that lose money. Even the last few Skins Games made money.
–The LPGA announced that Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen will be their team for the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge. I always thought this was one of the better Silly Season events, but the way the Silly Season has been overshadowed by bigger events overseas, I am kind of surprised it is still around.
–Ernie Els and Bubba Watson are officially in the field of the HSBC even in Mission Hills in China (not the one in Rancho Mirage). That’s one of the events that is kind of putting the squeeze on U.S.-based Silly Season events. Also in that WGC field will be Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. No Tiger and No Rory, but the world will be watching. So the idea that the PGA Tour needed to shorten its season for the big players to have and off-season? Not really that important, it seems.
–And this is a little late, but did you see the European PGA Tour agreed to hold a late-season even in Turkey next year as part of the build-up to the Dubai championship? Nice timing, what with Turkey and Syria swapping mortar fire this week.
–And did you see the Euro Tour is going to count the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup as official events for players looking to have the required 13 starts to be members of the European Tour. Just the latest salvo in the rather quiet but real war between the PGA Tour and the European Tour for players and money and sponsors. In many ways, it seems the the European Tour is landing the more effective blows in the fight right now, even if the PGA Tour is still ahead on points midway through the fight.