New world or­der

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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).

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