Okay, did someone screw up or was this by design? Does the European Tour NOT want a non-European to win the Order of Merit? Or are they just stupid?
Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh - 4 of the top 20 in the world will miss the Volvo Masters because the European Tour decided to set the date to conflict with the Barclay's Singapore Open (some debate as Asia's Major) where a number of the top players were already committed.
Hmmm...stupid or brilliant? It's the last tournament to decide the Order of Merit and the current leader can't be there. Okay okay...so Ernie often doesn't play Valderrama, but I bet he would have this year if he could have.
I guess it's now up for grabs, not based on "merit", but based on "who's free to play". I think it's a real shame.
Sometimes you just have to wonder if the people running the tour actually pay attention. The Fedex schedule certainly didn't really consider the players and what they needed or wanted (so they just skipped parts of it) AND now the European Tour is following suit - scheduling the last big tournament when they know the best can't be there. I wonder if their sponsors are happy about that.
Sometimes you just wonder...
WHO’LL BE EURO STAR?
31 Oct 2007
ERNIE ELS 1st: €2,496,237. Odds to win OOM: 1/2 Fav. Tournament Odds: Not playing. (€217,295 behind Els)) Odds to win OOM: 7/2 Tournament Odds: 10/1 The Open Champion has the advantage of experience in the race for the Order of Merit and it’ ll be a... read more...