the mighty in golf (rory and others) should support the small
Looking back at the impact that Rory McIlroy’s presence at Glendower had on both the local and international interest shown in the SA Open in January, surely this is a lesson to the European Tour they should heed for the future.
The European Tour is largely made up of similarly small tournaments around the world every year.As a result it will never be as powerful an attraction to players and TV viewers as the PGA Tour in America, whose tournaments can offer substantially more in terms of prize money. But the European Tour can become a much stronger tour if each tournament with a purse of $3 million or lower was guaranteed two or three notable players in the field, those in the top 50 of the world ranking.The European Tour should compel their leading players to annually support one or two of these lesser events. Pro golfers need to look at their role in developing and building the game, and give something back for all the help they have received during their careers. Dana Callander, email