So many American PGA Tour fans took it as an insult that Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy skipped The Players Championship this year.
But what about the BMW PGA Championship this week?
John Daly is the only notable U.S. player competing in the European Tour’s flagship event. A dozen Europeans made the cut at The Players Championship.
If Americans were insulted, should Europeans be doubly offended?
Here’s a take in Sunday’s The Scotsman over the fact that Daly’s the lone American notable: “Talk about disrespectful. Nowhere else in the 156-man field will there be a US twang, the likes of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and all the rest seemingly having something better to do this week. Even worse, that something isn't necessarily playing in the competing PGA Tour event, the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas. For the leading Americans, the PGA Championship at Wentworth isn't even an afterthought.”
European golf’s on the rise with England’s Lee Westwood holding the No. 1 ranking, with six of the top seven players in the world rankings from Europe, with three of the last four majors won by Europeans, with Europe holding the Ryder Cup, but the fact that U.S. players have no interest competing in Europe’s flagship event speaks volumes about how Americans view the two tours.
This promises to be a talking point at the BMW Championship.