the mighty in golf (rory and oth­ers) should sup­port the small

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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

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