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Golf Australia Express : October 2013 - United Colours of Golf
Even winning our famous Australian Open or Australian PGA Championship won’t help out a burgeoning career, so long as it’s tied to the OneAsia Tour. Case in point. Daniel Popovic stunningly won the Australian PGA at Coolum last year, but where has he been playing since? Basically nowhere, except for a handful of OneAsia events. That’s not fair to the kid. Yet had he won the Joburg Open in South Africa instead of the Australian PGA—an event of equal standing— he’d automatically become a member of the European Tour with status in the Race to Dubai for three years. That’s entry into more than 40 European Tour events with plenty of money to play for and a pathway to the world’s top 50 players as well as majors and WGC events. To me, it’s a no brainer. Of course, I’m not privy to the discussions between the Australian PGA and OneAsia. But in my world as a golf commentator, the OneAsia circuit has about as much relevance here as our synchronised swimming team. And no matter how many media releases float onto to my desk about the direction of this battling tour, it’s losing ground faster than ever. I have no doubt the European Tour would welcome Australia’s major golf tournaments as part of the Race to Dubai circuit. The time has come for a new direction. And we need it to give our players toiling away in Australia a real shot at the big stage. OTG MANY OF you know my views on Australia’s bigger golf tournaments being sanctioned on the OneAsia Tour. Not only is it fanciful thinking that OneAsia will one day be on the lips of all sport-lovers in this region, but I believe it will eventually render the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship irrelevant events. Now, more than ever, I’m concerned. The might and power of the PGA Tour in the US has released details of a new ‘wrap-around’ Tour schedule. No longer will the PGA Tour season be a calendar year circuit. Instead, the beginning of the 2014 Tour schedule starts in California...this month. In fact, the PGA Tour will feature six 2013-2014 season events leading into the World Cup at Royal Melbourne in late November. This could really hurt our home tour. How? Well if, for example, you were a fringe player on the PGA Tour with status here in Australia, which Tour are you more likely to preference? The one with the big bucks I’d reckon. Even more prominent players will be seduced into getting their PGA Tour season off to a good start before Christmas—especially when the lucrative FedEx Cup series is based on points earned over the season. Basically, it means we’ll get less attractive fields for our homegrown tournaments and with it, less prominence for them on a world stage. When this happens—and it will if nothing changes—our three biggest events in Australia will be left with the weakest fields we have ever seen. Not only will the fields likely be full of no-name players, but they will be part of the ‘road to nowhere’ OneAsia Tour. THE PGA TOUR'S NEW WRAP-AROUND SEASON MEANS AUSTRALIAN GOLF EVENTS SIT MORE PRECARIOUSLY THAN EVER WRITES MARK ALLEN. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS with Mark Allen MARCO'S MUSE OPINION the OUR THREATENED SPECIES