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Wednesday
Nov152017

Is Rahm A Controversial Winner Of The European Tour's ROY?

That's the question posed by Ryan Herrington at Golf World, and while I'm loathe to even argue the merits of an award that is essentially inconsequential, I think it's a worthy post to consider.

And not because Rahm is undeserving as he's an incredible young player who was deserving of a PGA Tour ROY but was not eligible. Nor should we necessarily be rewarding tour provincialism as a pre-requisite for consideration, but as Herrington points out, Dylan Fritteli was a genuine European Tour player with 28 starts to Rahm's 12. Both won one event. The European Tour's press release said Rahm clinched the award Sunday based on money winnings, but why this week's season-ending championship is not included, is unclear.

Herrington writes:

Yes, Rahm played in 12 officials European Tour events in 2017, claiming one win at the Irish Open and four top-10s in 12 starts while earning €2.8 million to put him fourth in the Race to Dubai entering this week’s season finale. However, of the 12 events, eight were either major championship or WGC tournaments that also counted toward his PGA Tour numbers. Is playing only four regular-season events native to the European Tour enough to be deserving of the honor?

At first glance, the answer feels like a definite maybe.

In the past, the Henry Cotton Award was said to come from a committee of European Tour, R&A and Association of Golf Writers and if they are still voting on it, they certainly rewarded a nice year by Rahm. But given all that's going on with efforts to give the European Tour a boost, the lack of reward for the tour's most devoted (and maybe best rookie) seems like an idea worth revisiting.

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Rahm is undeserving because of the dual sponsorship of 8 of 12 events. Give it to the true ROY. ~~dig~~
11.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Is Pelley delivering on the deliverables he promised?

He promised more playing opportunities, significantly higher purses, a better schedule, and top players staying home to play the European Tour instead of decamping to the PGA Tour.

Wonder how John Rahm feels about the deliverables Keith Pelley promised?
11.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTwist
Not to mention he cheated
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThinking Out Loud
I wouldn't say that he cheated, just that he broke a rule (http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2017/7/9/rahm-wins-irish-open-lexi-rule-surfaces-too.html) and got away with it with the on site blessing of the rules official.
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterZimmer
Zimmer- semantics.

and might I add... he cheated twice
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThinking Out Loud
Only reason he joined the ET was to play in the Ryder Cup next year!
11.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Norrie
Julian Suri (USA player) deserved to be considered for ET ROY. Began the season as a Challenge Tour player. Won on that tour, Won on the main ET Tour and keeps posting high finishes. Currently T3 after 2 rounds in Dubai.

Funny how he succeeded on the ET while most of the ET tour school graduates that played many more events couldn't keep their playing privileges outside of Eddie Pepperell. The Rolex Series didn't keep Suri down with less playing. No other ET Q-School grad should complain about it as it didn't keep a non exempt player from getting the job done.

Perhaps as always in golf it comes down to playing better in the events you are able to play in.
11.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

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