Okay, let’s put a quick end to this, shall we?
Hand every player on the PGA Tour a slip of paper with this question:
Which of these tournaments would you most want to win if you could only win one?
A. The Masters
B. The U.S. Open
C. The Open Championship
D. The PGA Championship
E. The Players
When the top 50 players in the world ignore A thru D and circle “E” — then and only then will The Players become a major championship.
We get this every year when The Players rolls around and it is basically because the PGA Tour powers-that-be have a sad case of “Major Envy.”
Augusta National runs its own major, the USGA runs its own major, the R&A runs its own major and the PGA of America oversees its major championship. Which leaves the PGA Tour out in the cold, major-less and jealous.
What happens is that guys at the Golf Channel like Brandel Chamblee stir the pot. This week Chamblee made the eye-opening claim that The Players is “the hardest tournament to win.” Which makes us wonder if Chamblee has ever played Carnoustie when the wind’s blowing 25?
Golf writer Jaime Diaz got into the “suck up to the PGA Tour act” when he went on the Golf Channel and declared “It’s open for discussion” as to whether The Players should have “major status.”
Okay, let’s squash this again and poll anyone who has ever played a round of golf with this quick DogLegNews poll question:
You can play only one, would you rather play:
A. Augusta National
B. TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course
That could be the worst landslide vote ever in the history of polls. Yeah, let’s see — Dr. Alister MacKenzie or Peter Dye? Yeah, that’s a tough one.
As far as a fifth major? What the hell? Do these people think that this is the LPGA Tour? The LPGA Tour up and declared The Evian a major a few years back when the Daddy Warbucks over in Switzerland ponied up a truckload of cash and basically bought themselves a fake major championship.
That’s not what golf does.
Majors are created by history and tradition. They are also created by the determination of players to win one of those traditional, historic championships.
Would Jordan Spieth ever miss a cut in three straight majors? Well, he’s done exactly that at this pompous Players Championship.
The only real reason they want to win this one is that the PGA Tour, the world’s largest fake “not-for-profit” organization is throwing $11 million into the till for these guys.
First place pays a whopping $1.98 million.
Second place pays a whopping $1.188 million.
Third place pays a whopping $748,000.
Fourth is a measly $528,000.
Fifth is a pitiful $440,000.
Heck, you get a little north of $27,000 if you finish 50th.
And this is your “not-for-profit” that forked out a massive $250,000 for hurricane relief in Houston.
This is the PGA Tour’s week puff out its chest and put that massive $81 million clubhouse/headquarters office on display to the world.
Pretty gaudy digs for a “not-for-profit.”
But then again, with more than $2 billion in annual revenues, the PGA Tour is basically a fake “not-for-profit.”
Just like The Players certainly is not a real major.