SBD/Issue 179/Leagues & Governing Bodies

PGA Tour PAC Meeting To Discuss Increasing Top Player Participation

Proposal Calls For Designating Certain Tour
Events That Top Players Must Attend

The PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council will meet Tuesday, and "among the items that will be discussed is a way to get the Tour's top stars to play more often, and in events that have struggled recently to attract big names," according to Sean Martin of GOLFWEEK. The call for players to play more PGA Tour events "has grown louder because the Tour is facing two difficult tasks." The tour "must renew sponsorship and/or gain new sponsors during a recession," and its contract with NBC and CBS expires in '12. The fact that the Tour is "introducing this proposal to the PAC would seem to signify that it recognizes the need for increased player participation." Golfer and PAC member Paul Goydos said, "The hard thing is figuring out how to do it without pushing too hard. We are independent contractors. That's a difficult problem to get around." The concept that will be presented at the PAC meeting is called "Designated Tournaments," and Goydos said that it "would involve designating a handful of events each year and mandating that top players play in at least one of those targeted events." The "designated" events "would change each year." Among the logistics that "would need to be determined before this idea becomes policy are how many, and which, events would be 'designated' each year and which players must play in them." Goydos: "It'd be tough to even get it implemented for '11, but it's a starting point of a conversation" (GOLFWEEK.com, 5/27).

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