Morri: TPS vs. TPC – Golf Australia Magazine – The Women’s Game

If money is the measure, The Players is clearly the superior event. Aaron Pike’s winning check after a three-hole play-off at Cypress Lakes was $36,000, which isn’t enough to enroll in the PGA Tour’s $20 million boondoggle purse split where last place earns $43,000.

And if you scale the criteria to media coverage, you’ll come to the same conclusion. Just the discussion devoted to the 17th Hole of Sawgrass has greatly exceeded the total number of column inches (or whatever measurement is equivalent in this modern era) to what the Hunter Valley event has generated.

But in terms of who more broadly represents what golf is and could be? The TPS wins hands down.

If you’re in the camp that believes the role of professional golf is to promote all that is good about the game, you have to applaud what the WPGA and PGA Tours of Australasia have done with these events.

LAW: Ella Scaysbrook won the junior title with dad Nick on the bag, a combination this columnist has long considered a special experience for fathers and daughters. PHOTO: PGA of Australia.

While the Florida Players event focuses solely on the game’s elite, The Players Series promotes inclusion and diversity while simultaneously providing a crucial experience for future generations of professionals.

It also normalizes the concept of men, women and juniors playing – and even competing – together.

Hannah Green’s historic win at TPS Murray River three weeks ago was followed by the first men’s and women’s play-off last week, with Pike beating New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori.

The junior title also saw extra holes between men and women, Ella Scaysbrook* of Newcastle beating Chun-Ta Wu of Long Reef on the first extra hole.

Seeing this happen regularly at the elite level will hopefully send a message not just to those outside of the game, but inside as well.

There is less mixed play at club level than is possible or desirable and any action to break this and make the golf course a more welcoming place should be encouraged.

“In terms of who more broadly represents what golf is and could be? TPS wins hands down.” -Rod Morris.

None of this is to say there’s no room for golf’s biggest events or bashing The Players themselves.

I’m not part of the camp that thinks it’s a major tournament, but it’s unquestionably one of the most important tournaments in the game.

However, with its focus on cash and FedExCup points and elite players and big event feel, it ultimately does little to promote those things about gaming that make people fall in love with it.

For that, The Players Series does a much better job.

* Incidentally, 16-year-old Scaysbrook had her dad, Nick, caddy for her at Cypress Lakes, showcasing what I’ve always thought was one of golf’s other great strengths. I covered the NSW Schoolgirls Championship at Bonnie Doon in the mid-90s and have been convinced ever since that there are few other hobbies dads and teenage girls can share like golf.

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