The PGA Tour has a knack for continuously implementing ridiculous rules on to its players. First it was a fine for slow play, and now it’s a strength-of-field regulation.
The strength-of-field regulation requires players who didn’t have at least 25 starts in the previous season to add an event to their schedules that they hadn’t played in the last four years.
Majors, WGC events, and European Tour events are void from the 25 starts. Those who fail to meet the new requirement could be subject to a “major penalty,” which under the Tour’s regulations would be a fine in excess of $20,000 or a possible suspension.
Phil Mickelson is exempt from the rule, as well as anyone who is a life or veteran member who is at least 45 years old.
This rule is to appease all of the tournaments so that no venue feels inferior based on player attendance. If top players don’t make their 25 starts, the next season a few tournaments are guaranteed those top players.
Basically it’s a dick measuring contest and those with smaller dicks need help getting theirs sucked. Who’s helping? The PGA Tour, by forcing the hand (or mouth) of players.
- This creates a compromise between the PGA Tour and venues to get more star power for those tournaments that might not see much action.
- The overall turnout for tournaments might increase due to the requirement of having 25 starts per season.
- Creates more diversity among tournaments.
- “If this is your only tour, it’s a fair rule. If you’re playing two tours, then it’s tough,” Paul Casey noted.
- Although it’s not the worst thing in the world to add one more tournament to a players schedule, they may be limited by the 4 year rule causing a smaller selection to choose from.
- This can cause stress on a player trying to fit a random tournament into their schedule.
- “What you have to avoid this year is to not play a bunch of events that you haven’t played in five years,” Casey said. “I could shoot myself in the foot because if I don’t play 25, again, then you run out of options and you may have to play something that doesn’t suit you or doesn’t fit nicely in the schedule.”
- While golf is a career, these players also have personal lives that can conflict with their play. Added stress and regulations is not what they need.
Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are both players who will be subject to the strength-of-field regulation this season.