Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Should the PGA Of America Scrap the Grand Slam of Golf?
The Grand Slam of Golf is going on right now, an event intended for all the major winners of the year to compete to see who is the BEST. So, basically, it's every other golf tournament in the world, only with four people instead of 150.
Yesterday, Padraig Harrington, who won both the British Open and the PGA Championship, shot a 2-under 68 to tie Jim Furyk. Yep, Furyk, the man with his lone major victory coming five years ago! The other members of the Slam are Retief Goosen, who finished 108th in the FedEx Cup point standings, and Trevor Immelman, who won the Masters.
So, with that group in mind, is it a worthwhile idea to just scrap the entire tournament? Face it, Tiger Woods never plays in this thing, Phil Mickelson skips it as well, and if you don't have those two in a four person event, you might as well hire a clown to get the crowds excited.
The idea had a lot of pull back when money was a factor, but these guys don't care about that. Their time is more valued in other places, not at some "made for TV" that isn't even popular on the television.
Also, what is the point in just throwing in random golfers to fill the spots? Why not just have Immelman and Harrington play heads up and see who wins? Why do Furyk and Goosen get a chance to compete when they didn't really do anything this year?
I just think the concept is a little past the times. Back when it was about money it was fine, but now it is just another week that is wasted on the golf tour. In terms of being silly, I guess that season started yesterday.