It looks like a couple of startling developments on this idea of the European Tour becoming a World Tour.
First this, thanks to reader Four-putt, which I missed over the weekend and was certainly a lot more interesting from George O'Grady's mouth than his Tiger-comes-to-Dunhill nonsense:
"The idea of amalgamating with other tours to put on a really attractive schedule, by whatever name we call it, is one that we are in the final stages of refining," European Tour executive director George O'Grady said Sunday.Fast forward...
"Certainly it won't be a World Tour -- that's far too grand for me to come up with -- but there might be a name change."
"We're the European Tour and we're working with all our partners to make, I would say, a hugely strong alternative to the PGA Tour," O'Grady said.AP's Doug Ferguson then looks at the escalating rhetoric between the Tours and drops this:
Ed Moorhouse, co-chief operating officer at the PGA Tour, recalls preliminary talks about a WGC event the week before or after the British Open, but it never got beyond that.Whoa Nellie! Yes, Mr. Ferguson just declared the federation of Tours co-sponsorting the WGC's dead in the water.
"It's fair to say we didn't go into a lot of details because it was fairly obvious they didn't want to entertain a WGC in Europe," Waters said in a telephone interview. "It was most disappointing."
The tournament that got most of the attention was Loch Lomond, home of the Barclays Scottish Open held a week before the British Open. Loch Lomond was interested, and Waters said he was certain Barclays would have been willing to up the ante.
One reason the PGA Tour balked was it had obligations to the John Deere Classic, held the same week in Illinois.
That's why the federation has run its course. It's hard to take it seriously when Finchem, who heads up the federation, has too many competing interests.
Is it conceivable thatl the Euro/World Tour will pull out of the WGC sanctioning?
Frankly, I can't see how the WGC's are good for the game in any way at this point other than for making the top players a lot more money.
And frankly part 2, wouldn't this all have been avoided if the WGC events were actually played outside of the United States on occasion?