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Dawgsontop34
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Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
I’m so out on this idea and don’t understand what the tour’s fascination is with making this tournament the same level as the other 4 majors.

Obviously we’ll see if this ends up happening, but it seems to be picking up some steam.


NaturalBeam
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
I don’t see it happening. What’s the point? It’s already a huge tournament with the toughest field. What’s to gain by simply calling it a major, the tournament will be the same. It’s ok to have some tournaments bigger than others. We don’t need a season that consists of 12 majors and 30 Sanderson Farm championships.


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Rusty Scroggins
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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don’t understand what the tour’s fascination is with making this tournament the same level as the other 4 majors.


It's pretty simple, the tour owns it.


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dpd901
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
It’s not a major, but it’s obviously of more import than a regular tour event from a legacy standpoint. I like the way the World Golf HOF handles it:

XYZ player won 4 majors and a Players Championship.

“Fred Couples won 15 PGA Tour events, including the Masters and 2 Players Championships.”



makersmark1
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
Back in the day, The Western Open was almost a major.

I think 4 is enough and each has a unique flavor.

The Masters kicks off the majors at a unique course.
The USOpen is set up for par to win.
The Open Championship has a nice rota of historic courses and weather can be horrid.
The PGA Championship usually closes out the season, but it is moving to May.



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Melvin Spellvin
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
this is an ill conceived plan by pga to increase the chances of anyone (cough tiger) getting close, closer or surpassing the bear’s major record now that it appears anyone (cough tiger) ain’t gunna get there in order to create excitement and attendance and viewers, it’s all about the money boys. Attendance and viewership is down equals reduced price to advertisers equals less money to pga. Their answer = create another major and get public excited cuz someone (cough tiger) is close to the bear’s major record...
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Dawgsontop34
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
Completely agree with that. It’s arguably the hardest tournament to win in golf because of how good the field is, but making it a major seems like a complete cash grab.


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PhiTiger1764
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
No.


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JETigER
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
The PGA picked 60 something out of touch Tom Watson to captain over 40 something in touch David Toms.

Sounds like the PGA might not know enough about golf to put on a major championship.


lsupride87
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
It’s the most difficult tournament to win, so it makes zero sense it isn’t held in the same esteem as the others IMHO


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lsupride87
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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this is an ill conceived plan by pga to increase the chances of anyone (cough tiger) getting close, closer or surpassing the bear’s major record
So retarded

Jack has 3 players championships you retard, the most of anyone in history

Tiger becomes even further behind Jacks record by adding it

Currently

Jack-18
Tiger-14

With the players

Jack-21
Tiger-16
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rolltide32
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
Grand Slam - 4 Majors. Same as tennis. They all have a long history and extend well beyond the PGA Tour.

Open Championship - Roots in the beginning of the game

US Open - Our national championship, the most open to anyone to qualify for, the toughest test.

PGA - Honors the club pros who work to grow the game and touch many lives. History goes way back to bring the test of professional golf. The field is strongest of all the majors because pretty much all if the top 100+ in the world get in with qualifiers limited to 20 club pros. Historic venues and a true tough but fair test.

Masters - Most exclusive tournament in golf on the world's most pristinely conditioned course founded by holds greatest Amateur.

The Players is just the Tours biggest event. The course can play hokey at times due to conditions and some years it's way too easy compared to the others. Look how many players usually finish under par. Last year it was pretty much everyone who made the cut


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Dawgsontop34
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
You cannot add Players’ championships retroactively to become majors.


Zanzibaw
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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Sounds like the PGA might not know enough about golf to put on a major championship.


Who wants to tell him?


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lsupride87
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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You cannot add Players’ championships retroactively to become majors.

Sure you can

The entire "Majors" thing is not set in stone nearly as much as people are making it out to be


The masters wasnt really a major when it first started. Hell, it wasnt really a consensus Major til around the 60s, and all of those players that won before then retroactively got "Major titles"

Same with the PGA championship, that wasnt considered a Major until later as well, and all previous winners retroactively became "Major Champions"
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Eric Stratton
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
I don't see it happening, but if the Players was ever added as a major, i'd have to agree that it would be a money thing for the PGA. I think it's great for the game of golf to have tournaments that more important than others but still not majors.


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The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
You can retroactively do anything, but it doesn't mean you should.

Guys prepare differently for majors. Guys treat majors differently. Not saying that any of the all-time major championship leaders would fall in this category, but what if a guy came in second or third and wasn't as focused as he would have been had a major title been on the line.

A top tour pro goes bogey bogey bogey to start the tournament and just ejects bc it isn't a major. Whereas guys that starts +3 at The Masters grinds to try and get back in it.

What if someone skipped The Players that wouldn't have skipped had it been a major. Guys would have taken the week before off to prepare, but didn't bc it's just another tournament.

We've all been there. I've played in big games or big rounds and the focus is different than your run of the mill games, it's human nature. I'd someone told me I'd get a national championship trophy based on a game I already played mid week against ULM, I'd be furious that I wasn't as focused as I could have been.




If you are going to do it, add it, pull out the PGA and move forward with 4, just a different 4. That's essentially where we ended up after Bobby Jones won a different 4 majors than we have today.


lsupride87
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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You can retroactively do anything, but it doesn't mean you should.

Yeh I am not saying whats right or wrong, I was just responding to the poster saying "you cant retroactively add Major titles"


About 70 Major Titles were retroactively added in the 60s


The truth is, its just a term used for gravitas, with no true concrete meaning. People like it because it makes it simple for them to say who is "the best ever".


ell_13
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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The truth is, its just a term used for gravitas, with no true concrete meaning. People like it because it makes it simple for them to say who is "the best ever".
Well, this is simply wrong. Majors most certainly have meaning and the name isn't for "simplicity." Jesus.


lsupride87
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Thoughts on the Players becoming a Major Championship?
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Majors most certainly have meaning
So much meaning they have changed about 6-7 times and potentially is about to change again

The Players has the strongest field in golf, it is everything a Major claims to be if you are arguing the term "Major" has true meaning

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and the name isn't for "simplicity."
I said this is why people like the term
This post was edited on 3/11 at 9:53 am


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