Change is coming
to the PGA Tour in 2007 in the form of a new schedule and the FedEx Cup
playoff. The alterations are meant to entice marquee players to tee it up more
often. But why stop there? If I were commissioner for a day, I'd consider these
nine changes as well.
duffers Any pro will tell you Wednesday is the worst day of the week: It's
pro-am day. That means a 5 1/2-hour round with three hackers who paid thousands
of dollars apiece to chop up the course. Institute a deadline. Teams get 4 1/2
hours after a shotgun start, and when the horn sounds, all play stops. I
guarantee that every team will finish 18.
?Cut the duffers,
too Even with a time deadline, Wednesdays would still suck, so take a page from
the Wachovia Championship, which downsized its pro-am. Each Tour pro plays with
only two amateurs, which is a more relaxing experience for all.
?Limit: one ball
Frank Stranahan was famously asked to leave Augusta for the day because he
played more than one ball during a practice round. Bring back the one-ball
rule. You want to hit a small bucket from the greenside bunker? Do it on the
Seniors Come '07 The Golf Channel could show the European tour in the morning,
the Nationwide in early afternoon, the PGA in late afternoon and the Champions
on tape-delay at night. Whoa! Time to rethink golf broadcasting. Start with the
seniors. Edit them into a fast-paced, 90-minute package shown in the
wealth There's too much televised golf on Sunday, when many golf fans are out
playing. Nationwide events aren't living off ticket sales, so start them on
Saturdays and let The Golf Channel cover the heck out of their finishes on
Mondays and Tuesdays.
?Show some leg
Caddies were allowed to wear shorts and the world didn't end. Let the players
wear them, too.
? Augusta passes
The Reno-Tahoe Open (and every other second-tier Tour stop) would be a lot more
interesting if the winner got an invitation to the Masters, as in days gone
?Get a bigger Cup
The Ryder Cup is golf's best spectacle, but it's over in a hurried three days.
Stretch the competition over four days, adding a team match in the first two
?Less match It's
a TiVo world, man: A 36-hole final for the Accenture World Match Play
Championship is 18 holes too many for time-pressed viewers. Make it 18, and if
it ends early, show the match between the two guys playing for third.