GDL17921 wrote:Weren't the dates posted when it would be open to John Q. Public? Since they were, how is it the PDGA's fault some took initiative over others? Are there any rules that grant auto bids to the worlds based on past performances? I agree it sucks, but don't let assumed entitlement form your opinion of an organization that is just taking registrations, they can't control how or when they come in.
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SpikeHyzer wrote:This might be a little short sighted, but my personal view on this, is that the PDGA needs to institute a minimum player rating to be able to play in the open division at a Pro Worlds. And if you are a "pro" that is rated below said minimum rating...tough shit...get better. To relate to golf, pretty sure some hack can't just walk into the Master's or British Open and play.
I think in their heart of hearts the PDGA would like to institute a ratings cap however they also realize that the event may not fill, which can hurt both the payout/funds available and the perception of the events being the biggest and the best. Sure there's enough pro's over a certain rating to fill a pro worlds, but the problem is that not everyone of these players play worlds and for the most part Worlds (Am or Pro) is a local/regional draw ..... so you have to open it up to "hacks" if you want it to fill. Would you rather see a very small field of the elite DGers or a full field? I don't have the answer, but like was stated before this comes down to a flawed tournament model which is for a different discussion.
In Golf you can institute a ratings cap because you have a relatively large field of players that are elite to fill your events; 286 Players on the tour to be exact (as of today per PGA.com). The typical event size is 132, 144, or 156 which means that at any given event you have between 54% and 45% of the touring pros not getting in or not participating.
See the issue??? We don't have a large base of touring pro's (or any real base for that matter), so we supplement events with local or regional "Talent". Until we have 200+ touring pro's this issue will remain (see flawed tournament model discussion).
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