It was a bit surprising last week when the PGA Tour Policy Board shelved the “designated tournament” proposal that was supposedly a sure thing after the positive reception it received at a meeting this summer. The idea was to require the top-ranked players to play at least one out of five events that traditionally have weaker fields to boost interest in these tournaments.
According to several reports, it was put on hold because tournament directors didn’t want the stigma of needing help. Which, of course, is understandable–you don’t want to feel like you’re forcing players to be there. But thing is, once Tiger and/or Phil tee it up, the sponsors, fans, tournaments organizers, TV execs would forget that it was a “designated tournament” because everyone is happy and it’s a great success. Anyway, naturally, conspiracy theories started flying that Tiger and Phil were against the proposal, which led to its demise.
Well, that’s probably not the case.