World Golf Championship Events Draw Elite Fields; Do They Deserve Higher Status?
The World Golf Championships are "not what they should be," as they "deserve a higher status based on the players they attract and the winners they produce," according to Doug Ferguson of the AP. The fields are "small, and they tend to include players from overseas who are just getting started or might never be heard from again," but for most of their 13-year existence, the tournaments "have included at least the top 50 in the world." Golfer Geoff Ogilvy said, "If you do look at the list of guys who have won them, generally, at that time they were one of the best in the world." Ferguson noted with most of the top players in the world playing in the WGC events, that can "make them the most difficult events to win next to the majors." The WGC-Cadillac Championship begins tomorrow and includes the 74 "top players who qualified through the world ranking of the money lists on the six major tours." What might "boost the credibility of the WGCs is to expand the field and introduce a cut." The WGCs have had the "appearance of free money," as all golfers stick around for the weekend. Golfer Darren Clarke said there was "absolutely no difference whatsoever" between the four major tournaments and the WGCs except for the title. Clarke: "The title is the obvious thing. As players, we are judged by major championships. We're not judged by World Golf Championships" (AP, 3/6).