Soft Move by the PGA Giving Head Starts
Well we are rapidly approaching the end of the summer and that means it is almost time for some real sports to fire back up, or at least enter a time of the year that matters. Baseball is looking to have some exciting wildcard races with some meaningful September games coming up. College football starts “Week 0” this week, but real important games just a week away. Somehow college football week one is coming several days after Starbucks brings the Pumpkin Spice Latte back, which seems just plain wrong but I guess they want to get to the basic white girls wallet before the back to school. I digress, point being that some sports that matter are about to be back, and I am pumped. But this weekend is the conclusion of another professional sports season, and I am less excited than I was a year ago. The PGA Tour Championship at East Lake is this coming weekend.
|2018 Results Adjusted for 2019 format|
There has been a push for excitement and change in Golf this year from players like Brooks Koepka lamenting the pace of play and Bryson DeChambeau calling for a closer look at how pacing rules are enforced and codified. I feel this format change is a bit like Andre the Giant in a twin bed… NOT a good fit. It removes the chance of something iconic like Tigers from behind win, which is something that golf needs more of. It puts too much weight on the preceding two playoff events at the Northern Trust and BMW championship. Augusta would never stand for this type of shenanigans.
This move by the PGA to remove the level playing field was honestly more surprising than LPGA player and social media trick shot legend Tania Tare hopping in my Instagram DMs, but that happened, so I guess anything is possible in the world of golf. (It Happened, not a big deal)
The best thing that could happen is everything goes haywire on day one and they all start at even par Friday, and I would encourage the players to take it upon themselves to do so. It is a field of 30 with no cuts, assuming nobody shoots so terribly they finish over par it is a feasible task. This format won’t last, and if Thomas wins there will always be that little asterisk in the minds of fans that it was the year he was given a head start. Do the honorable thing and tank the first round, accepting such an advantage is something we would expect out of a Patrick Reed, or Ian Poulter, but not a class act like Thomas.