ESPN’s Bob Harig reports that the PGA Tour’s Fall Series is not doing very well. A telling sign:
At the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, general admission was just $5, and yet estimates put attendance for the week at less than 11,000 spectators. In Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Fry’s Electronics Open, less than 30,000 attended for the week, with just over 5,000 at the final round. Remember, this is a market that traditionally attracts more than 100,000 spectators on a single day to the FBR Open.
All of the events are on the Golf Channel, because the PGA Tour knew it was fruitless to put golf events on network television during football season.
Its going to be hard to make the fall finish relevant to the average fan, since the top players generally won’t be playing.
I’m beginning to think that they should just end the whole thing after the Tour Championship. Football is in full swing by then, and even a huge golf fan like the GolfBlogger gets distracted when his alma mater is playing on Saturday and his fantasy football players are in action on Sunday.
Here’s an idea. How about giving automatic tour cards to the Top 100 and ties, and then expanding Q School?