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Sunday
Jan082017

PGA Tour May Add LPGA Winners To Season-Opening TOC?

Randall Mell at GolfChannel.com says a joint season-opening tournament of champions is one of the main revelations from an extensive Rich Lerner sitdown with new commissioner Jay Monahan.

The interview airs in two parts, Monday on Golf Central and Tuesday on Morning Drive. The key quote:

“You could see men and women here at the Tournament of Champions,” Monahan told Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner as part of a wide-ranging interview that will air Monday on Golf Central and Tuesday on Morning Drive. “That is something we are thinking about and talking to Mike and the LPGA about. We would like to see that happen. We have some interest from sponsors.”

News of efforts to rejuvenate that opening event comes at a good time, as this year's SBS at Kapalua has (so far) felt flat despite a nice field and leaderboard. Perhaps Kapalua playing soft has made the proceedings less compelling. After all, no course on the PGA Tour is more fun to watch when it's firey and players are feeding the ball to the hole.

Perhaps adding the winners of LPGA events and a second tournament conclusion could inject some fun.

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Reader Comments (14)

Great idea!! Hope it works out for next year.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave Andrews
Would love to see this. Would be even more fun when the LPGA tries to penalize the PGA players for holding up their gals.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Draw for partners and let them play in pairs.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
The Kapalua course doesn't look like it is in very good shape this year. Lots of thin and bare turf tee to green, every ball that hits the green kicks up a puff of sand. Did they top dress the greens right before the event?
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGCSAA
Would love to see two men and two women in each group all week.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
Good idea. I'd watch.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOriginal AG
Foursomes in a professional event? Now that is funny! What's the longest round in tour history without a weather delay?
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSerenity Now
@Paul +1 love the idea. We than get so see if they are really serious about pace of play and it would bring the two tours together
01.8.2017 | Unregistered Commentermark
What about groups of three and add the Champions tour?
01.8.2017 | Unregistered Commentermark
That's a good idea, mark. I think it would help, also, to re-label it "The All-Star Game". Of course,I grew up near "The World Series of GOlf" so your mileage may vary.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDD
I think its a desperate move. To have Round 4 coincide with NFL Playoff game is idiotic. It was always nice to watch the game and then tune into the Back 9 on a Sunday Night. Thanks NBC and The PGA Tour for screwing up again.
I too was perplexed they didn't finish it during prime time on the east coast. The first group teed off at 7:35am Hawaii time and the leaders went at 10.05am. That sort of thing gives the event a bush league feel.
01.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNielsen
I must admit I am getting sick of the references to competition for viewers with the NFL - are tv stations in the US fixed to NFL? There is a world outside of the USA and surely some Americans don't watch it?

Golf can't shut down for 22 weeks a year for NFL.
01.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJ21
For over a decade beginning in 1984, the Seniors Tour played their own TOC at La Jolla where the PGA Tour was also conducting its TOC.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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