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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ademac View Post
    Because a lot of european tour players, mainly uk based, will have a lot of experience on links courses and would therefore give the top pga guys a run for their money.
    3 of the last 5 Open winners were American ............... just saying

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ademac View Post
    Then its only really about money?
    Of course it is, these are professionals so will play wherever they can make the most cash.

    PGA Tour is, to me, pretty boring to watch bar a few courses but has by far the best fields due to the money and ranking points on offer.

    Rarely get the chance to watch much European Tour these days due to time.
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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Much prefer the variety of the European tour and think it has a great identity. I like the new initiatives being tried and different countries visited. The US dullfest can naff right off. Money talks for many though so hence they flock to awful, boring resort courses.
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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by Val View Post
    3 of the last 5 Open winners were American ............... just saying
    But how many of the 5 before that?

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by NWJocko View Post
    Of course it is, these are professionals so will play wherever they can make the most cash.

    PGA Tour is, to me, pretty boring to watch bar a few courses but has by far the best fields due to the money and ranking points on offer.

    Rarely get the chance to watch much European Tour these days due to time.
    Do you think this could have any bearing on uk golf membership numbers being down?

    People may be finding it harder to relate to golf nowadays as it seems to be much more focused on the other side of the pond.

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ademac View Post
    Do you think this could have any bearing on uk golf membership numbers being down?

    People may be finding it harder to relate to golf nowadays as it seems to be much more focused on the other side of the pond.
    If it is a contributor it will be 0.000001% in my view. European Tour is shown during daytime when folk are at work/Uni etc. PGA Tour is on from about 7-11 Thursday to Friday so perfect timing really. Maybe ET should do some televised night golf events from Dubai/Turkey etc?

    Far fewer council owned courses with dirt cheap memberships for kids, people having less time/disposable income after buying a Pret every day for lunch, greater availability of options in terms of what to do with free time and ease of travel to them etc are more a bearing IMO (note this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list )
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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ademac View Post
    Most, well three quarters of the majors are based in America so maybe that gives them an advantage?
    If 3 of the 4 majors were in the uk on links courses do you think that would still be the case?
    I'm not sure I would accept that the european tour has a lower calibre of player either.
    Rory, Sergio. Fleetwood etc all go to Dubia for some money and decent weather and feature at the top of leaderboards. Now they're just part of the pack in the US.

    Not sure many european (tour players) go to the us and do better than they do in europe.

    I also think it's fanciful to think that all our (european) touraments are links style. On the european tour there are plenty of park land courses.

    I meant most open winners aren't european tour players anymore. Historically maybe, but imo the PGA tour is the main tour and its where most players aspire to be.
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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    For a regular tour event it's the ET for the variety of courses/conditions etc and the broadcast times but if I can I'll watch the PGA too (even if just the highlights because they do typically get the best players) Saying that i'll watch any golf, I get some coverage from sunshine and asia tours and last weeks LPGA event was excellent viewing

    But as a fav the ET edges it over the PGA for the reasons above

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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    I watch neither on a a regular basis, for the simple reason that I don't have a Sky subscription (and not even a tv) and that's pretty much the only way you can watch in Germany. I do get glimpses here and there if someone posts a YouTube video. But I do follow the scores of my favourite players. Emotionally, I am a bit more invested in the ET, mostly because of the fantasy golf thing and the forum league.
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    Re: European tour vs PGA tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ademac View Post
    But how many of the 5 before that?
    Not sure the point your trying to make, if anything your making my point for me. Go back to 2000 and you have 10 in the last 17 from USA, 2 from Britain,

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