So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champions Tour
Yea right! It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour. You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.
Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.
The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour. So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers.
That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing. You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right. Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.
Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five. Not a good bet. I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though. Guys like my friend Joe Daley. Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour. Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name. By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago. Still he’s back having to qualify. Now that’s tough!
What’s my opinion. Well I can make one because I ain’t playing. I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood. Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past. Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood. Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.
“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc. Yea! Get the crowd pulling for the under dog! Just a thought.
Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing. The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.