PGA Tour schedule changes only benefit U.S.


The Australian Triple Crown experienced a minor renaissance amid the arrival of the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne last fall. With changes to the PGA Tour calendar set to begin in October 2013, however, the very opposite may happen to the marquee Oz events.

'There is no doubt these changes are only designed to benefit the U.S. tour and not designed with regard to implications on other tours. That's abundantly clear,' said PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn, according to the Australian Associated Press.

'It's a significant decision that they have taken that will have implications on not just our tour but many others around the world.”

Thorburn reiterated he, like everyone else in the sport, needs more details to accurately assess the full impact on Aussie golf. Thorburn hopes that clarification comes at the Masters, the site where a compromise on the dual staging of the Presidents Cup and South Africa Open was reached last year. A dialogue could be opened to craft a similar solution. 

“There are opportunities to co-sanction events and some of that has been discussed in the past with varying degree of enthusiasm by certain parties,” Thorburn said.

The Triple Crown is typically played in late November and early December, where room for official events is open on what will essentially be a 12-month PGA Tour calendar.

Ignoring the possibility for co-sanctioning, the possibility of fall events offering less than a full complement of FedEx Cup points may be a blessing for Australia. A trip Down Under for natives – and others – might not leave them in the same position in the points standings.