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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 195
T HE PGA Tour gravy train rolls on. And it’s no secret that if you can make things stick on the world’s biggest golf tour, even if only for a fleeting moment, you could be set up for life. Case in point: John Daly. An article did the rounds last week about John Daly preparing to play seven majors in the next 15 weeks. How, you might ask? Despite having existed almost exclusively on invitations and sponsor exemptions for much of the last 10 years and failing to win a tournament since 2004, Daly remains a regular fixture in world golf. Only once since 1991 has he played less than 10 events in a season and now, having turned 50, he’s plying his trade on the PGA Tour Champions, where the weekly prizemoney pool is anywhere up to $3.75 million and there are five majors on offer throughout the year. And, of course, he’ll be taking his place at The Open Championship and PGA Championship as one of the past champions of those events, where winners are gifted a lifetime golden ticket, regardless of form or favour. It’s a similar story for players who’ve triumphed at the Masters, while at the US Open each victor’s free ride is capped at 10 years. While the major winners’ exemption has always been an important and respected part of golf’s historical fabric, is it time for a change? Are ageing and out-of-form players long past their prime giving the tournaments they so covet the respect they truly deserve by turning up to Royal Troon or Whistling Straits and missing the cut by 15 strokes? For every almost-miracle like Tom Watson’s second place at the 2009 Open, there are a hundred other performances that would have former champions laughed off the web.com Tour. In Daly’s case, since his first major victory at the 1991 PGA Championship he has played that event 22 out of a possible 24 years. His results? A best finish of T18 in 2012, 14 missed cuts including three of his last four attempts, and one withdrawal.
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