tournament would be better without Sam Saunders - it was novel for awhile - now it looks like poor little rich boy getting in instead of deserving PGA player.
2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Discussion Thread - Page 5
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Most tournament sponsors get a few slots for special invites. I'm sure there are always a few undeserving golfers in the field, it's just no one knows who they are.
Yeah. Plus, I doubt that there is a strict rule for the size of the tournament, is there? It appears that there are 150 this week, but there were 144 at Valspar.
So I'm not so sure any invitee is "taking a spot away from somebody else."
Whoops ... yeah that's correct. I counted 50 threesomes somehow, when in fact, there are only 40.
I still don't see it as a big deal that the kid plays. The tournament choosing to invite him is a lot less penal to other pros than them arbitrarily limiting the field to 120, instead of, say, 144 like Valspar.
Haha ... thats awesome! One of these days I'm going to volunteer at Torrey or Riviera just for kicks.
The scorer ... would that be the guy/gal with a little ipad/calculator looking think in their hand? You're not talking about the kid with the big sign, right?
Exactly. He scores a lot on the LPGA tour too. Gets a lot of perks, including free high-end golf.
Scoring takes some experience and training and has to understand the rules pretty well to be able to apply penalty stokes as appropriate. He's in the scorer's tent with his group after the round confirming their card with them. Traditionally, the scorer gets a signed ball or glove for his efforts. Joe has hundreds, including Tiger, Phil, and Annika. Pretty cool.
He keeps asking if I'd like him to get me into scoring. Maybe one of these days..... The problem is it takes up the whole weekend, and I'd still rather play golf!
You're just like me. When I looked into volunteering recently (at Torrey, Palm Springs, and Riviera) they all had similar schedules that involved a big commitment with at least one day of training (Monday or Tuesday) and then one day, at least, during the tournament.
I thought "well shoot, if I'm going to be wasting 2 full days doing nothing, I'd rather be playing golf than anything else!!"
My buddy is scoring for Justin Rose's group today.