New world order
When we have the largest event on the European Tour overshadowed from a ranking perspective by the PGA Tour event in Texas, surely it’s time for a World Tour to come to the fore.
We are now at the stage where periods are spent in various continents, such as the Desert Swing in January/February. With a bit of juggling, surely events can be arranged to alleviate the amount of travelling, with, say, a European ‘swing’ in June/ July encompassing the Irish, French and Scottish Opens and PGA at Wentworth, then The Open. A lot of the top players go to Australasia in the winter months and that could coincide with the many events played in China and Asia. US events could be scheduled around the US Majors.
It would also add diversity to the type of golf played as the conditions and courses vary across the world.
I am not saying remove the existing tours altogether. They could run concurrently with the World Tour and the top-ranked players would get the opportunity to qualify.
It would also ensure that The Ryder Cup is contested by Europe’s top players, which the upcoming one will possibly not be (Paul Casey and Russell Knox come to mind).