If only the World Golf Championships were just that, events involving players from all around the world and played around the world.
There are now four tournaments that comprise the WGC events each year and of the 34 that have been held since 1999, only 7 have been held outside of the United States.
Had for example, this past weekend’s World Matchplay Championship won by Ian Poulter, been held elsewhere, say England, Japan or Spain, several things would have been different.
The tournament would have been less affected by Tiger’s apology
While the timing of Tiger’s apology was not ideal, the tournament would have been less affected had it been staged outside of the US.
Granted there was still some good coverage of the event in the press but most of the focus was elsewhere and the lack of respect for 66 of the top 68 players in the world was generally abysmal.
More people would have watched the event live
After the rains on Saturday, Camilo Villegas and Paul Casey battled it out with some of the finest golf seen in the tournament’s history.
David Feherty described Camilo Villegas’s bunker shot on the 22nd hole as the best he has ever seen. Reports indicate fewer than 1500 were even in the vicinity.
Can you really imagine a crowd of this size if it were held near London or Tokyo? Some of the Saturday weather is considered a fine day in London! Maybe explaining the charge of the English at this event.
Another reason for the small galleries was the lack of Americans making it through to the weekend. I have had enough of the “Players in the Top 64 in the world you’ve never heard of” articles each time the event lands in Arizona.
Move it around. I wanna read more “Players in the Top 64 who have never travelled overseas before” stories.
TV coverage would have been better
I know there’s a lot of cacti in Arizona but I think a few were cardboard cut-out’s designed to look like golf fans. It made for some pretty boring coverage. Any non-golf fan wouldn’t give the coverage more than a few seconds. It looked like the Dubbo Club Championship.
Ok. All a bit harsh. But this is one of my favourite golf events of the year and it is heartbreaking to see it appear second rate. I’m not suggesting we move any of them out of the USA for good. It is home to the best golf tour on the planet after all. I’m merely suggesting each WGC event be held internationally every two years for example.
It has been reported that Accenture have the power to move the matchplay event to wherever they choose after 2011. Accenture sponsor the event but how is it they have a say in where it moves? I thought the International Federation of PGA Tours were in charge of all this?
With the timing of Tiger Wood’s apology last week, it is odds on to be moved. But to where?
As usual, money is the big talker. Not the PGA Tour and not the International Federation of PGA Tours.
It makes me yearn even more for Greg Norman’s old world golf tour proposal.