John Hawkins - October 26, 2011


He feels that the golf season does not really end and that is good for us (speaking about Golf Channel in general as well as fans). The length of the season as well as the vague lines of the PGA TOUR season is something that concerns him and he feels that the schedule is looking more and more like pro tennis every year. The extension of the balloting by two weeks is a classic example of the PGA TOUR making up the rules as they go and you would not see this in any other professional sport. He made reference to 2010 when Rory McIlroy lost the Rookie of the Year award to Rickie Fowler despite the fact that he had a win while Rickie Fowler did not. He does not want to say that there is bias against non-Americans but it seems as though as it is more difficult for non-Americans like Luke Donald. When it comes to his Player of the Year vote, he has already decided and will not take the WGC-HSBC Champions into consideration. The PGA TOUR changed the rules on the fly with very little notice and when that happens, all bets are off when it comes to the rules on how to vote. He has spoken to players who are knowledgeable of the season and theorized that the 2015 PGA TOUR season could begin with a 3 or 4 event swing through Asia at the end of 2014. Progress is progress and even though not everyone will like it, to survive you have to evolve and the PGA TOUR will have to expand into Asia eventually in order to grow.