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"European Tour sponsors have a hard enough time attracting star players without this development."

Last week we thought the possibility of the European Tour adding various "Cups" to the number of appearances counting toward membership would open up the possibility of Tiger taking membership and perhaps shifting a few of his coveted appearances overseas.

However, for every couple of Tiger appearances, Alistair Tait thinks it's a disaster for the European Tour and its sponsors.

European Tour sponsors have a hard enough time attracting star players without this development.

With the four majors and WGC events counting toward European Tour status, it means the elite only need to pick another six events to fulfill membership. They don’t even have to set foot on European soil to do so. They can opt for events in Asia or the Middle East that pay appearance fees.

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a valid point and not one that will be lost on the powers that be at Wentworth.
10.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
The Ryder cup lines the coffers of the euro tour, it should count. If the euro tour had guts they would stop counting wgc's - none of which are played in Europe.

But they care more about being able to say they have some top players, then those players playing a bunch in their events
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElf
ain't going to happen Elf.
As you say the Ryder Cup is what keeps the Eurotour afloat and it won't work with a bunch of journeymen representing Europe.
10.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Around these parts I endure a lot about "makers vs. takers" at the golf course. Most of that is simple nonsense seasoned by bigotry. But among the elite in the world of professional golf, the takers are making out like bandits. And they will continue to do so. Until they can't anymore, and then their reaction will be simple bewilderment.
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
true KLG- greed in professional sport-and golf is as bad as any-has reached spectacular proportions.I can't believe it is sustainable.
It is currently rumoured that McIroy has been offered 250 million to go to Nike for 10 yrs.He claims to be happy at Titleist-I hope he says no- but will his manager allow him to?
10.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
@chico - but Nike is unbeatable in terms of loyalty - they are STILL standing by Lance Armstrong (man, I didn't even have to refer to Tiger and his driving under the influence of drugs - Ambien - to point that out!)
10.15.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
chico, if that rumor has merit I suspect that Rory will be signing with Nike and in my opinion he'd be stupid not to. If his agent advises him to do so seems to me that this would be proper advice. Nike has proven they will allow the player ample time to work their way into equipment that works for them so finding suitable clubs should not be a problem. And Titleist has proven that at a certain price threshold they will let any player walk away regardless of their star wattage, which is probably a smart biz decision as well. The wild card is that the home office in Korea might just send an order down the line that says "retain this kid at any cost". Your info adds an interesting new angle to the burgeoning Tiger/Rory friendship -- will be interesting to watch!

Having said all that, those numbers are monstrous, I mean that's Michael Jordan type money isn't it? The golf division is a rounding error for Nike.....those numbers seem absurdly large relative to Nike's golf sales.
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Nike has already proven that reverse engineering a set of Titleist blades is a fairly easy accomplishment. The question is whether Rory is like Tiger and Phil. Or IIRC like Curtis Strange: MacGregor VIP to Maruman Whatever to Where in the World is he? Probably the former...
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Ky, I have a set of those maruman blades ;) They haven't gotten any use in a good while but it's a solid and well designed iron. In the end they all leave Titleist....except for Papa 3-iron, looks like he might be a lifer!
10.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
KLG: I believe Titliest reverse engineered Mizuno blades for Tiger when he joined them. Nike did the same thing as well.
10.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Folks...almost all blades today are reversed engineered Mizunos, who reversed engineered them from Wilson, who reversed engin.....etc etc etc. Everyone copies everyone else in golf in terms of their top pro club designs except Callaway in the first years of course. There is a reason Mizunos are the most popular non endorsed iron around...they make em better and they feel like butter.

IMO...tiger has always preferred the look and lines of Mizunos, his iron specs have been pretty consistent since his teens loft and head size wise.
10.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
I stand corrected, Hilltop ;-) And I still want that set of Fluid Feel Wilson Staff irons I coveted as a teenager...
10.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG

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