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Monday
Nov202017

Video: Chief Executive Pelley On State Of The European Tour

Nothing groundbreaking is revealed in this sitdown with Golf Channel's Todd Lewis, but after watching it I think you have to give European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley credit for doing a lot to re-position the European Tour.

Now, some of the ideas might be excessive and the Rolex Series' long-term ramifications unclear, but he has people talking about the tour and viewing it as a true rival to the PGA Tour.

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Sharp guy, well spoken, is doing a good job. As Geoff said, maybe a tad over the top in some situations. And he's got a tough job, Euro Tour has it's issues and being Commish of it opposed to US PGT is not easy so kudos to him.
11.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
Bright spot for sure in golf admin. Pelley's sports and media experience loom large. Rolex Series, wise wording, avoiding Cup stigma.
11.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Compared to George O'Grady, how could you not like the job Pelley is doing? Job #1/1a is to provided playing opportunities and value in purses to his members. Check that box.

But one of the key objectives of this Rolex Series was supposed to be as a viable alternative for Euro players to stay home and not need to dual tour on the PGA Tour. But this series, along with low 5 event minimum (4 event minimum this season) actually seems to be working in reverse. 5 Euro players were eligible to take membership on the PGAT this year, Noren, Pieters, Fleetwood, Fisher & Hatton. ALL of them did. That means that much LESS starts on the ET for those guys, robbing the lesser events of their presence.

Playing the Majors & WGC's... now a Euro guy only has to play 4 "regular" events otherwise and still have a GREAT chance of winning the Race to Dubai. So Why not go to the PGA Tour and play for Rolex Series sized purses EVERY week you're there, and cherry pick your favorite Rolex Series events when you go home. SEE: Justin Rose. That's pretty much what he did, only non Rolex series event on his schedule was an appearance fee bonanza in Hong Kong.

Bottom line: It'll take a while to know for sure, but at first glance, this Rolex Series is good on one hand... but it's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
11.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRobopz
Pelley 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.

Is Pelley delivering on the deliverables he promised?

@Robopoz, take another glance: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/nov/16/european-tour-rolex-series-golf
11.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTwist
Who pays all these appearance fees?
11.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoute 66

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