John Feinstein - October 11, 2012


The European Tour announced that the $7 million Turkish Open will debut next November and it will be just another big money exhibition for a limited field. Although the odds are that the biggest names on the PGA TOUR will play in November, it still has to be a concern for Tim Finchem because the FedExCup season for 2013-2014 will start in October and these events on the European Tour could take momentum from the start of the season.

The big names are going to play in big events around the world because the events can offer appearance fees and players will go overseas to accept those fees. As a result, the PGA TOUR has to decide to take a break or decide to play and try to put together the best fields possible during those months.

The European Tour’s decision to count the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and Seve Trophy as official starts is a message to top American players that they want to make it easier for them to take up dual membership on the both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour.

When asked about the news that Tiger Woods apologized to the U.S. rookies for delivering more points, Feinstein said that he was not surprised and added that the only time you need to apologize is if you did not give 100%. The gesture was nice but Tiger did not need to apologize because he gave 100% at Medinah. He may not have won a full point for the U.S. team, but there is no doubt that he was giving it his all.