No. 1 Lee Westwood, No. 3 Martin Kaymer and No. 10 Rory McIlroy are all European Tour stalwarts who passed on playing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua this week.
Steve Stricker says the PGA Tour is looking at ways to bolster the field for the season opener. He also says he is amenable to exempting the tournament from counting against the total number of events that PGA Tour non-members are limited to playing, similar to the way the PGA Tour now exempts the The Players Championship.
PGA Tour non-members are limited to playing 12 events a year. Players who resign PGA Tour membership, like Westwood and McIlroy, are limited to 10 events. Beginning this year, The Players Championship doesn't count against those totals.
“I think we are in a position, as players and tournaments, of wanting to get the best field for our sponsor, putting on the best show that we can, and get the best field here,” Stricker said. “I know Hyundai would love to have more players here that decided not to come. Yeah, I think we need to take a look at this one again, this tournament.”