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    European tour vs PGA tour

    What are your thoughts on the differences between the two tours and do you have a preference to which tour you follow/support?

    It seems to me that over the years the 'European' tour is getting caught up in trying to emulate its American cousin and has created the race to Dubai etc to be able to compete financially and in marketing terms but is always seen as the 'lesser' tour.

    Is it all simply about money or are the PGA and its players superior to the european tour?

    I'm not sure I have a favourite tour now but I definitely prefer the Open to any other event as it has so much history and hasnt been 'Americanised' at all. Its golf in its purest form in my opinion.

    I also think that the new handicap system seems to be bowing down and becoming 'Americanised' and it seems as tho we may lose our identity eventually.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    I enjoy the European Tour and not sure I agree its trying to emulate the PGA by introducing the Race to Dubai. It'll always be a lesser tour in terms of the sheer size of purses and sponsorship deals but I feel the ET gives players a far better introduction to professional life. It does suffer by perhaps having too many smaller tournaments over too many countries but again, these give the lesser players a chance to earn some important cash towards keeping their card.

    The PGA tour though is the main event where the top players play on a regular basis and so as a showcase for the best golfers in the world it can't be beaten. However I would like to see the type of courses varied more often and the WGC last week showed how a course could be set up to test players and produce an exciting spectacle without it needing to be target golf and a birdie festival

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Then its only really about money?

    If the top 10 guys from the pga tour played 10 uk links courses in a row with all the european guys they most likely wouldnt be the top 10 after that.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    I rarely watch European tour events on TV and normally always catch the back 9 of the PGA event on Sunday, this is more to do with timings rather than preference.

    As for the tours themselves. I’m of the belief they should get their heads together and create a world wide tour that allows Europeans and those who prefer to play in Europe to keep doing so and vice versa. A global tour may attract larger sponsorship and more money to events to give European events a bit more parity with the US events.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Yep, squarely in the camp of those who watch the pga, due to time difference. I sit down at 6.30 ish, may be 9 ish, and watch what is on.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Mischievous......
    European Tour - medium slow
    PGA - ridiculously slow

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by murphthemog View Post
    Yep, squarely in the camp of those who watch the pga, due to time difference. I sit down at 6.30 ish, may be 9 ish, and watch what is on.
    Makes sense.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    I definitely watch more PGA tour due to timings as much as anything.

    But I am usually most interested in an event when a European is up there and would def be less interested if it was just Americans in the event.

    the PGA tour is definitely the bigger draw financially, but the ET has caught up a bit of ground in recent years & I think you may see through the summer the Rolex events with many big fields and top world players having multiple events over here, rather than just 1 event prior to the Open.

    ET is also an important access point to many people in the game and these players do benefit from playing in more varied courses and conditions. Brooks Koepka being a successful American who played a few years on the ET (probably because he qualified through Q school & didn’t for the PGA tour).

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Depends on what event it is - work shifts so can watch the ET during the day but also watch the odd event at night - try and watch the WGC mainly and events where I know the course is going to be good to watch also depends on who is playing etc

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    To be honest I'll watch most golf on TV. I can't argue with Ademac's assessment that it all comes down to money but both tours are brands and a business and of course they look to turn a profit.

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