Friday, August 15, 2008

It's Time to Shut Down the PGA Grand Slam of Golf

PGA of America owned tournaments for professionals, other than the PGA Championship, are going down the tubes faster than Michael Phelps in a race. Americans have been questioning the value of the Ryder Cup for years and Hunter Mahan has clued us in that Americans may one day boycott the competition because they are playing for free and whored out - his words, not mine. (Actually, they're my interpretation of his words.)

Now, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf can only manage 2/3 major winners. That's understandable since the 3rd is out of commission until 2009 sometime. But, look who they got to round out the field in Bermuda:

By winning two major championships this season, Harrington and Masters champion Trevor Immelman form one-half of the foursome competing in the annual event. Invitations will be extended to the top two finishers in the Major Champions Point List - Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen.
How did that happen?

Well, Mickelson pretty much earned it. In the majors, he went T5, T18, T19, T7.

But Goosen? He went - in order - T17, T14, T32, T24. That got him to 2nd on the point list? What?

Take a look at the points list on They didn't even bother to fill the thing out for the PGA Championship. And with guys like Todd Hamilton in 7th, Greg Norman in 9th, and David Duval in 19th, this is proof positive that no one is scrutinizing this list. I get that you have to have won a major to get on this list. But how about, then, inviting someone like Ben Curtis - a guy who finished runner up in a major this year AND has already won one?

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