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Question of the Day
Did the player who was No. 126 on the PGA Tour money list _ competing every week against the top players _ have the same season as someone who was No. 26 on the money list while competing in the minor leagues?
Tom Pernice Jr. has a solution that sadly is not getting much traction from tour officials. His idea is to give the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour their cards without having to play in the three-tournament series. Everyone else starts from scratch.
Think about it. Under the current model of Q-school, No. 126 on the money list has no advantage over No. 168. It’s not like the higher-ranked player is given a pair of 68s and told he doesn’t have to tee off until the third of six rounds.
“It seems like everyone is a little unsure how to seed the guy who’s 126 on the money list,” said Matt Kuchar, another PAC member. “These are tough decisions. Trying to figure out where everyone fits in this is awkward. I think it’s going to be trial-and-error.”
Unlike the FedEx Cup points system, this is one model the tour has to get right the first time.
But this is only one piece of the puzzle. There will be several moving parts to a new schedule, just as there was when the FedEx Cup was created five years ago.
One of the components might involve this week.
According to two people apprised of the conversations, one option is to move the Match Play Championship to Harding Park in San Francisco _ and move it from late February to October as part of the fall start to the season.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss negotiations. Both stressed that the option was in the early stages of consideration.
If that were to happen, it would give the fall start to at least two World Golf Championships (HSBC Champions in China is the other), which would be hard for players to turn down. Also, the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico _ held opposite the Match Play this week _ is getting its own spot on the calendar, most likely toward the end of the year _ again, in the fall start to the season.
However, such a move might create problems for the West Coast Swing, a key stretch in setting the tone for the year. Four of the West Coast events don’t conflict with the NFL, and all of them are prior to March Madness.
When is the offseason? Whenever the players want a break. It’s always been that way. Even in the shorter FedEx Cup season, players were going overseas to play in Asia, Europe and Australia.
Still, if players add tournaments in the fall, some could take time off in the early part of the following year. Kuchar played the Australian Open and the Presidents Cup in Australia, the World Cup in China, and then the Chevron World Challenge in California.
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