Cape Town - A new and lucrative global golf circuit
is in the pipeline, one that could potentially throw shade over the
established PGA and European Tours.
Reuters confirmed that British-based company World Golf
Group has been planning on introducing a global tour that will feature
huge prize money to attract the big names.
Details are not yet clear, but initial plans include a 15-20 event
schedule around the world, each with a purse of close to $20 million.
This money dwarfs what is available on the PGA and European Tours, with the richest event - the Masters - offering $11 million.
However, there are some hurdles to overcome.
For one, the series
would have to get sanctioned for world ranking points. These are
important, as many player contracts are dependant on these points. The
rankings also determine players' eligibility for the four major
championships, the end-goal of many on tour.
In the early 1990s, Australian legend Greg Norman teamed up with FOX
and proposed a similar World Golf Tour.
Then, the PGA Tour played
hardball, saying it would suspend any player who participated in an
unsanctioned PGA event.
There's no reason to suggest the world's leading golf association would do anything different in 2018.