Could We See A Global Tour?
By mustang6560 on 6/8/11
Could the golfing world see a united "World Tour" in the near future? Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer thinks so.
“I think Tim Finchem and George O’Grady, they’re talking about a world tour at the moment. I think it will take maybe another two, three years, but I think eventually it will come, and then people if they want to or not, they have to travel.”Martin was speaking at a media event at the Atlanta Atheltic Club to promote the PGA Championship in August. If someone would have proposed a global tour 25 years ago - even 10 years ago, they would have been laughed out of the room. But the world is exponentially smaller than it used to be so the idea of a global tour does not sound that silly.
The European players are much more accustomed to jet setting around the world to play golf, so I don't think it would be much of an adjustment for them. It's their American counter parts that would have a big learning curve. The money on the PGA Tour is huge and three out of the four majors are on American soil so there is no real reason for American players to travel that much. Some of the bigger names like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson travel but it's because they can collect large appearance fees. Not everyone can do that.
We'll have to stay tuned because it sounds like the idea is still in the concept stage.
photo by blakehall
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