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PGA Tour Gives Players Overview Of New Plan As It Eliminates Q-School
Published January 25, 2012
NOT PAYING FOR PLAYING: The PGA Tour does not allow for players to collect appearance fees, and Tour Exec VP/Communications & Int'l Affairs Ty Votaw said, "We understand why other tours around the world may feel it's necessary to allow for appearance fees. We feel our job is to make our tournaments as attractive as possible for our players to compete. Other tours may feel the need to do it. We don't." Tiger Woods yesterday said he is playing this week in Abu Dhabi instead of the PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open in part because of an appearance fee, but Farmers Tournament Dir Tom Wilson said that he "agrees with the PGA Tour rules." Wilson: "Essentially, one person is playing for the same thing as everybody else. It eliminates guys just showing up for the big check. They do have a pretty good field in Abu Dhabi, but not that many American players." Votaw explained, "A player with the fee misses the cut, for example, there can be the perception, the possibility, that the player just came for the fee. That's something the PGA Tour is concerned about. We've never felt that was appropriate" (L.A. TIMES, 1/25).