Golf World's Ron Sirak gives a big thumbs up to the PGA Tour for banning carts on the Champions Tour.
“The decision to ban carts in competitive rounds of the Champions Tour - they can still be used in the pro-am - is part of an intelligent effort to re-establish the glory of a tour that started 26 years ago with Sam Snead and was nurtured along by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.”
Of course, this ignores the fact that the Senior Tour became popular with cranky old geezers whizzing by in their carts. So how will losing the carts (and likely entertainers like Chi Chi) return glory that was built with the help of carts?
Sirak also writes, “Prior to the cart decision was the name change - another shrewd marketing move. Senior Tour sounds a little too much like a senior moment - which is not a good thing. Champions Tour creates the image of valiant competitors who have earned their way onto the circuit.”
If these valiant competitors are so boldly earning their way on to the Tour, then they be pushing for larger fields, a more generous number of Q-School exemptions and in general, more competition from non-PGA Tour all-time money list winners?
Speaking of the Valiant Competitors Tour, Gary Van Sickle sits down with Greg Norman and some lug from MacGregor to plug his new endorsement deal. Norman talks about his schedule on the Valiant Competitors tour and it's basically relegated to the Valiant Competitors majors. All five of them.