Originally Posted by Harmonious
By my count, there are 43 weeks with full field events. The four majors, the four WGC events and the four week Fedex Cup playoffs, make 16 tournaments that the top players will want to enter every year. Then, this proposal would force them to play 1/3 of the remaining 27 events every year. That's an additional 9 tournaments for a minimum of 25.
Or let's assume they also want to play certain events every year, such as The Players, The Memorial and Bay Hill. The big names usually play these three. They would then be forced to play 1/3 of the remaining 24 events. That would bring their minimum total to 16 + 3 + 8 or 27 events. That's a lot of extra golf for guys who schedule their years very carefully around certain events (and certain courses they like) and only play 18-20 events currently.
And what purpose would it serve? So people in New Orleans or Memphis or Quad Cities can see Woods or Mickelsen every 3 years? I can imagine a lot of "injuries" coming up just about the time the John Deere rolls around. I voted NO.
Your points are valid, but I am having trouble following your math-
4 Majors + 4 WGC + 4 FEC is 12, right?
Add in the Players and you have 13 events that everyone wants to play every year if possible. I am not sure if the CIMB counts, so it looks like you have 43 or 44 total events meaning 30 or 31 optional (every 3 year events). That means a minimum of 23 or so assuming they always play the top 13 events and only play the others 1 every 3 years.
My conclusion is the same as yours- NO as it is currently formulated. For it to even be a consideration, it would have to be something like once ever 4 or 5 years.
In terms of the purpose it serves, not only would the local fans get to see Tiger or Phil every so often, but there would be more TV dates that would at least have a Tiger or Phil or other big name (but this would likely come at the expense of weakening events like Bay Hill or the Memorial to some extent).