Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods all die in a plane crash and arrive at the Gate of Heaven.
God is at the Gate, sitting on his high throne, and says "Wait a minute you guys - before I let you in here, I have to ask you a question - Arnold Palmer, what do you believe in?"
Arnie steps up and says "God, I believe in hitting a hard draw and I believe in signing autographs for all the boys and girls"
God says "Arnold Palmer, those are good things to believe in - you can take this seat down here to my right"
God says "Jack Nicklaus - what do you believe in?"
Jack steps up and says "God, I believe in hitting a high fade, and I believe in paying my caddy a good wage"
God says "Jack Nicklaus - those are good things to believe in. You can take this seat down here to my left"
God says - "OK Tiger Woods! - What do you believe in?"
Tiger looks up at him and says......
"I believe you're in my seat"
Regarding sandbagging, the solution the organizers came up with at Myrtle Beach was to issue judgments based on statistical data. Sandbag = DQ from prize eligibility. You can finish the tournament, but you're not eligible to receive as much as a ham sandwich at the end, much less compete in the Championship round. A BUNCH of DQ's are handed out every summer. I would imagine that there have been one or two legit "once in a lifetime rounds," but, with thousands of people there, they were not taking any chances.
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Thank you for this response. What I had in mind would essentially be tournaments that are scored based on net scoring. For example, a double digit handicap golfer was declared "World Champ" at last years' Myrtle Beach WorldAM. That's why I went. I had a "realistic chance" of becoming world champ as a double digit handicap. That's what draws thousands upon thousands of people there every year.
However, there were flights with golfers with handicaps as low as scratch. Certain flights were gross scoring, other flights were net scoring.
The gentleman who won in 2018, "beat better golfers." To that end, the target market would be the overwhelming majority of golfers who post gross scores in the range of 85-95. These guys are already throwing $20 into skins games on Saturdays, why not throw the same $20 into a prize pool where X% are paid out?