A couple of weeks ago, I read this edition of “The Links” by Kyle Porter at CBS Golf. A certain item grabbed my attention:
Interesting take here on why guys like Brandt Snedeker get hurt by playing on the PGA Tour. (Golf Analytics)
There is a small sliver of truth to that line of thinking, as there is a bit of purposeful bias in favor of the smaller tours (the Asian and Japanese Tours, for example); the idea is to aid in popularizing the sport in new market regions of the world by having their top players compete in big OWGR events and majors. I clicked the link to see if the author went overboard, as I suspected he might have:
Does anyone actually think that guys like Lahiri, Jaidee, Gallacher, Bjorn, Jimenez, Warren, and Grace would be able to achieve what Snedeker has playing on the PGA Tour? I think it’s pretty unlikely; those guys feast on the weaker European/Asian Tour events.
That’s crazy talk! I responded at CBS:
The author asks if Lahiri, Jaidee, Gallacher, Bjorn, Jimenez, Warren, and Grace would be able to achieve what Snedeker has playing on the PGA Tour [then] says he finds it “highly unlikely.” Why so unlikely when 5 of those 7 finished ahead of Snedeker at last year’s British Open?
You don’t get on the Euro Tour by sending in proof-of-purchase seals from a sleeve of Titleists.
Where am I going with this? Well, this week, there is a little gathering of the world’s top
75 74 players at the WGC Trump Doral in Florida. Six of the seven players jalnichols mocked happen to be playing. Suffice it to say that ole Lanny will be watching very closely to see how those six “undeserving” Europeans do:
- Anirban Lahiri
- Thongchai Jaidee
- Stephen Gallacher
- Thomas Bjorn
- Marc Warren
- Branden Grace