The Players Championship should not be Golf's Fifth Major
It is largely a notion of the golfing press in the United States that The Players Championship be considered the fifth major championship. You will not hear anybody from outside of the U.S. clamoring for this new status. Golf needs another Major like golf courses need another hole. It is a ridiculous notion that one more event needs to be considered a major tournament. Is it a significant tournament because it attempts to have one of the best fields in golf? Yes. But so are the World Golf Championship events and they do a similar thing. The Western Open also once held a similar status.
This week will be just the 33rd time this tournament has been held. In contrast to the “official” Majors, the Masters is by far the most youthful event at 72 years old. Think of how a reclassification would change the record books. First and foremost, Jack Nicklaus would get 3 more Majors added to his list. Since Tiger Woods has only won this event once, it changes his “to do” list by 2 more Majors. But would that really be fair to Nicklaus? Although he won the inaugural tournament in 1974 and twice more in the next 4 years, he was at the back-end of his prime by then. When Jack was most dominant in the 1960’s this tournament wasn’t even a twinkle in commissioner Deane Beman’s eye. Surely, he would’ve won a few more in the first 12 years of his professional career.
It would also be unfair to history’s golden champions such as Hogan, Nelson & Snead who never got the chance to play in this event. Then there would be the addition of several players who previously had never won a Major, such as Al Geiberger, Mark Hayes, Calvin Peete, Mark McCumber, Jodie Mudd, Craig Perks, Adam Scott and Fred Funk. And the four players who won this event twice – Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Steve Elkington & Hal Sutton – would magically go from having won one Major Championship to three. Many major champions would pick up another title as well, as Lanny Wadkins, Lee Trevino, Ray Floyd, Jerry Pate, John Mahaffey, Sandy Lyle, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Greg Norman, Lee Janzen, Justin Leonard and David Duval have all won it once.
No player needs a back-door Major win, so reclassifying this tournament serves no purpose at all - except to give the PGA Tour it’s very own Major. And I, for one, think it’s a good thing that the 4 Major Championships are all run by autonomous entities that are beholding to no professional golf tour.
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Golf has already been spoilt by longer drives, clubs, petulant prima donna players earning way too much money, etc, lets leave well alone.
I am not biast in my opinion, I am a Scot brought up with golf, my fav golfer is Sandy Lyle, it would be lovely to think of my fav player obtaining another Major, but I am sure Sandy would rather have won it on merit, not by dubious, underhand, reclassification.
However there is one point I take issue with.
If it were classed a major, wouldn't it just be classed that way from the day that it became a major ie. previous players championships wouldn't be considered as majors.
Let's say from 2007, you have 5 majors, and the previous years they were 4. That is the way I think it would be done.
However, I certainly don't think it will be done, and it certainly should not be done.
By the way, if they were reclassing some tournament as a major and using Shanks method of counting previous years, then they should pick something that Monty has won.
That is the only way Monty could ever win a major, plus it would have to be from another country, lets see, Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, unless they can class skins wins as a major.
Perhaps he will shock us all and win The Players Championship at the weekend, och think I am dreaming again, and I can say this, was born in Glasgow just like him.
My question is:
What's age got to do with it?
When did the Masters become a Major?(ok, that's another question) I am pretty sure it was much younger than what Shanks says The Players is now. Otherwise that would mean the Masters didn't become a major until 1967.
But whenever the designation became accepted, the press went back to the very first Masters and counted them all, regardless that some weren't contested with the pomp & circumstance of what we now have. I say that since it was history in the making, those wins are grandfathered in. Otherwise we'd have to take away wins from all the early years of the 4 Majors and it would be a very subjective thing to do. For instance, should the first Open Championship be discounted because there were only 12 participants? The Masters likewise had a smaller field initially.
And that is why I'm shouting NO right now about the Players. Besides the fact that it's unfair to the early greats INCLUDING Palmer & Nicklaus, we have in place a universally agreed upon manner to determine the greatest players in history. Why screw it up with something new?
I believe the Augusta Master's was first created in 1934, it was 1949 the green jacket was introduced, the great Sam Snead was the first recipient.
The British Open was 1860.
Ann, Queen of Scots.
Sorry, your commentary on the Players is complete hype.
"the Players' is considered as the premier tournament worldwide by golf aficionados and will continued to be thought of as such".
Any professional player, and I would bet any professional player, would rather win any major, than win the Players Championship. No doubt about that.
First of all to me the British Open will always be the premier major, followed by the Masters, and the reason the field at the middle and bottom is a bit sparse, is because it is an Open, and anyone can qualify, except myself of course. seeing as I have a handicap of 9 million on a good day.
Many American players don't even attempt to qualify for the Open in their own backyard.
I agree with Johnny N, any professional would rather win a major than the Players Championship, leave it at 4, why do we need another major, the Player Championship is sensational to watch, mainly for the 17th hole, but a major it most certainly is not, and I hope it never will be.
So why do all the players seem to be at the PC, and not at the Open?, anybody any idea?
There are basically one reason that some of the middle-tier US players don't go over to play in the Open: money. It is expensive to make the trip for just the one tournament. Meanwhile, there is a PGA Tour event in the US going on the same week of the Open. These players hope to make a good check or win while the best players are away for 2-3 weeks and thereby secure their card for the next year. Very few of the best US players don't go. If they don't, it's because they either don't like links golf or, more likely, don't think their game is well suited for it.
I don't think in years to come if Rod Pampling does not win a major, he will be walking down the street and someone will say to a friend " look there goes Rod Pampling, he won the Bay Hill Invitational ", but if he won a major....??.
I go to Dallas ( well somebody has to I suppose ), to visit my sister, the fare is about $900, a drop in the ocean surely to middle of the road golfers, look at the 70's, 80's, golfers such as Ian Woosnam, Seve, Sandy Lyle, Langer, had very little money, I am only quoting the European players, I don't know about starving US golfers, and they travelled from country to country, staying in cheap accommodation, or clapped out vans, the monies at that time, practically non existant, if you desperately want something badly enough, would you not find a way to get it.
My tip for the non major, never to be I hope, John Daly to win the PC, great guy and golfer, for the Masters, Padraig, he has the talent, but does he have the bottle to do it, Sandy Lyle to win the British Open again, ( well I am allowed to dream ha! ), Tiger to win the remaining two.
Sure, keep the classic Majors. They should never die or be forgotten. But maybe a rota of courses built in the last 30 or 40 years that could determine the best players of the the time. You could build the rota slowly, adding a course every 4 years. Every 4 years when it is determined that a course no longer fits the courses of the time, change to a newer course.
Just an idea I have had. Haven't worked all details.
The BBC who cover the event were full of praise for him.
I cannot comment on the horse racing Lord Alex, don't know anything about it, though I do know newspapers hype many things up, and you always have the people who believe what they want to believe.
I cannot understand all this furore over the PC, why do they want another major, who wants it, has anyone ever asked the players if they would like this to be added to the list?, and if it is accepted as a major, what next, why not have a sixth, how about the Ford Championship at Doral, or even the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, the list is endless.
Anyway back to enjoyable golf spectacle on Thursday, Mrs Monty Doubtfire's face always tripping him, Garcia flinging his toys out of the pram when shots go awry, John all my ex's wear Rolex's, giving us hours of enjoyment, ( he should be America's national treasure ),can we have him, and you can have Monty?.
The sports media, tv, radio whichever media you want to listen, to or read are very dangerous, in Britain for instance they are notorious for building a sports person up on a high pedestal, then take the greatest pleasure of knocking that said person down, be it sports, politics, personality etc.
I for one don't believe the hype, I have seen it happen so often, how many times have we heard " the next Tiger Woods ", I just think to myself, oh sure, lets wait and see, same with Michelle Wie, for her too much pressure, too soon, are they waiting for a fall, if it was Britain, most probably, I have seen it too many times over the years.
In your opinion, what great player will NOT be playing at Augusta this year?
trade....as much as I love everything
British (my mother is Welsh, but I prefer to visit Scotland every time
over) I/we have no desire to trade
John for Monty. Besides, my friends
and I are starting to resemble Daly
more and more!
Holmes is the one you would think should be in the Masters. By getting a gift win last week, Pampling just bumped him out of 10th spot on the current money list (which would get him invited). So blame Greg Owen. Holmes' problem is that since his win, he hasn't done much. He missed one cut and barely made 2 others. He can still get in with a nice finish this week. And if he can't manage that, so what, it won't diminish the Masters one iota.
And I do not worry about the players in the tourney who can't win like amateurs, past champions etc. They have earned their place in the field by pre-determined criteria. Each Major is a little different, and that's a good thing. Expanding the field to include players such as Craig Barlow & Tag Ridings in the name of "deepest field" doesn't really enhance the event in my eyes.
Tell me who is your favourite player?.
Ju-Lu, glad you enjoy my Country, shame you don't want to swap, cannot understand why ha!, you say you and your friends are starting to resemble Daly, does that mean you are full of fun, enjoy life, and have been married many times.
I/we don't just enjoy your country,
we love going there. I have been
many times, starting in 1976 with my
first wife (maiden name Keir). Our
group of eight will hopefully return
in June of '07 for another golfing
Yes...we are full of fun, enjoy life,
and I'm on my third marriage! Wonder
if that has ANYTHING to do with my
"trips" with the BOYZ!!??
P.S. Although your boy Faxon had a great week (for him) to jump from 115th on the money list to 79th with his 16th place finish, he was never a factor at TPC. Anyway, he doesn't deserve to be in the Masters field based on one week's results.
And the term "my boy" or "your boy" is not derisive in any way. It just means that you favor the guy.
(By the way....a total misnomer this
Too bad "our boy" didn't do a bit
better, eh? Hope he rounds out by
giddy-up time at Masters.
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