The Final Series may have accomplished its desired goal, which is to crown the best golfer of the year. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
So it was Sunday that George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, told reporters that the new series will be under review after a few big-name players – including a very vocal Ernie Els – did not advance to the season-ending finale in Dubai.
The Final Series events were held in four consecutive weeks, and players were required to tee it up in at least two of the first three to qualify for the season finale. That rule excluded Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia and Els.
Els described the new system as “farcical” and an “absolute joke,” and Schwartzel threatened that he might leave the European circuit.
“These three players really want to play in Dubai – we had a rule that stopped them playing here,” O’Grady said Sunday in Dubai. “We are going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen again. We underestimated that amount of play that all these players are playing outside the PGA Tour and ourselves.”
The 2013-14 European Tour schedule was released Sunday, and the Final Series will still be held in four successive weeks. Whether the changes that O’Grady has alluded to will be implemented for next fall remain to be seen.
This much is clear, however: The Race to Dubai isn’t going anywhere. O’Grady announced that the season-long series has been extended for four more years, through 2017. Next year also will feature a $1.25 million bump in bonus money, up to $5 million.