Golf Star Backs Rory McIlroy's Call for a Cut and More Competitive PGA Tour

"I mean, I think it would be amazing if our Tour was a hundred guys."- Clark said.

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Golf Star Backs Rory McIlroy's Call for a Cut and More Competitive PGA Tour
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It seems that lately, more and more golfers advocate for the PGA Tour to issue fewer PGA Tour cards and generally reduce the number of participants. Golfers at the top believe that this would increase competitiveness and create additional excitement on the PGA Tour. In a media interview, Wyndham Clark shared his perspective on the whole situation and highlighted what he believes is best for the PGA Tour at this time.

"I mean, I think it would be amazing if our Tour was a hundred guys. I kind of said this a few times, a hundred guys and we have 20 guys that get relegated every time, every year, doesn't matter who you are. "- Clark said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com

Rory McIlroy recently emphasized he's someone who believes the PGA Tour should issue fewer Tour cards and reduce the number of players. Rory believes that this would increase the competitiveness of the PGA Tour. Aware that not everyone would react positively, Rory still expressed his opinion, aiming for the progress of the PGA Tour and attracting an even larger number of fans and sponsors. 

Clark shares the same opinion with the Northern Irishman. He hopes that the future could be different for the PGA Tour, but they might need to consider such a change in the system.

"It would be exciting. Because you come down to the end of the year, people are looking who is going to win the FedEx Cup, and then you're looking at who is not going to be here next year. So, yeah, I'm probably with Rory on that. I don't know what that number is, but I think it's just nice to elevate the product and make it to where the best players are playing on TV more often and against each other."- Clark continued.

Wyndham Clark is suggesting a change in how golf tournaments are organized, specifically those with limited spots. He thinks it would be a good idea for the top 100 players to always have a guaranteed spot in these tournaments. This could make things simpler, ensuring that these players are always part of the events without needing special invitations. 

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If a player loses their guaranteed spot, they would move down to the next level. Clark believes this idea is easy to understand and could make the golf tournaments work more smoothly.

Will Zalatoris wants the Champions League format in golf

Will Zalatoris, a former colleague of his, also had an interesting idea regarding the future of golf. Many believe that a merger would be the best option for the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, and only then would we have the chance to see the very best at tournaments. 

Will Zalatoris spoke on the Beyond the Clubhouse Podcast about the Champions League system as an option

He believes that the best from LIV Golf and the PGA Tour should play against each other. Zalatoris emphasized that excitement is needed for the fans, and such a system would certainly generate excitement for everyone. 

Will believes it would be a great opportunity for LIV Golf and the PGA Tour to progress. 

However, this option doesn't seem realistic to many in the current situation for several reasons. 

The fact that SSG has invested a huge amount of money in the PGA Tour is why the PGA Tour no longer has the imperative to unite with LIV Golf. The significant investment from SSG is great news for the PGA Tour, and potentially a reason why they no longer need PIF money. Additionally, the ongoing lengthy negotiations may indicate that the PGA Tour and LIV Golf cannot find common ground.

Rory McIlroy shared his thoughts about whether certain golf tournaments should have a cut. He mentioned that initially, the idea was to not have a cut in these special events. However, he stated that if golf legends like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, or the late Arnold Palmer, felt it was important to include a cut, then it's their tournament, and they can decide. 

McIlroy expressed that he was neutral on the matter, recognizing the importance of the tournament to these iconic figures.

PGA Tour will certainly consider the best options for its future. They aim to generate fan interest and enhance the marketability of the Tour. Looking at the statements of these great golfers, it can be said that there is a lot of truth in what they are saying. On the other hand, some want to watch lesser-known golfers, expecting them to make breakthroughs. Opinions are divided, so PGA Tour executives will have the challenging task of assessing what is best for their future.

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