Originally Posted by David in FL
I travel for work, out of state, flying. 3-4 days a week, 3 weeks every month. All in......hotel, airfare, parking, rental car, meals, I budget an average $1200 per week. I'm not staying at the Ritz, but I'm sure not roughing it, or eating fast food......
If I were a struggling tour player, paying for it out of my own pocket, I'd be spending a heck of a lot less than that. If I'm struggling to make cuts, I'm not flying off to exotic lands to miss cuts either. I'm building my schedule around convenience, cost, and potential winnings, with an eye towards maximizing my ROI. Just like any other business.
So you spend approximately $43,200 for your 108 to 144 days of travel with no international trips? If you look at #75 on the LPGA money list, Cindy LaCrosse. She earned $106,762 in 21 tournaments. This means she has already traveled about the same number of days you do all year.
3 of her last 4 tournaments were abroad (France, Canada & Scottland) and she also played in the Bahamas, Hawaii, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. The next 6 tournament are in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan Japan and Mexico. In total, it looks like there are only 13 events in the US and it is no guarantee that a struggling player will qualify for all of them, so if you want to play a full schedule, you have to go abroad.
Travelling abroad can be expensive, particular if you are on the bubble for an event and have to book your airfare late. They also may get hit with some extra bag fees for taking their golf clubs with some airlines. Taking their regular caddy with them would jump the cost up considerably and some of these destinations don't have motel 6 near the golf course.