Just thinking, since we're in the Solheim now and President's Cup is looming, about a new global competition. Here goes, so log in with your thoughts....
Time for ALL golf to think about leveraging a global competition. President's Cup is intersting, but having the USA be in a big team competition each year is a pain. The tours are hurting for sponsors everywhere. The Ryder Cup is iconic, but it excludes parts of the "new global identity" of golf, meaning Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and South Africa. China is looming.
My idea is that there be one single "winner take all event" held bi-annually. And to twist it a bit, it's a 3 Tour match, meaning PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour match. Now the Champions guys could vote out if they like, but I'd like to see them in the conversation. Then the selection criteria is the USA (all tours) versus the World (all tours). Teams would be 24 players, with criteria developed that would draw the top performers from each tour. The matches would be set up with ladies versus ladies and PGA guys versus PGA, etc. To spice it up there could be a match where in alternate shot for example, men and ladies could be paired. Picture Tiger and Michelle Wie on a team versus Sergio and Lorena Ochoa! How electric would that be! In the end, the profits could be equally distributed (based on # of players per tour) to the respective Tours for their distribution to charities.
My rationale here is that dividing the golf landscape professionally is really tough. There is no other sport that has the type of set up as golf, where men, ladies, and seniors play on television and compete for sponsors dollars and television revenue. And these tours go up against the NBA, NASCAR, NHL, NFL, MLB, and every other sport out there. When you throw in Solheim, Ryder, Presidents, it's no wonder TV viewership starts to dwindle.
Golf is now a totally global enterprise, with players from every corner of the globe. Once the olympics gets in on this pie, what will the result be for the Tours? I'm curious to see what the experts here think about our professionals considering this type of innovation to the annaul event structure? This could be so huge and really pump up the volumes for all of golf.
What say you?