The suspension of golf may help professionals see the bigger picture and European Tour stars might resist the temptation of rushing towards the money.
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus’ statements over current problems in the world could echo, considering their stance that golf is not so important for the moment. Rory Mcllroy’s statement that we’re one team in this outbreak helps push the message, while Jon Rahm also further supports it by raising his voice when fellow millennials ignore the advice on coronavirus, it might hint a new perspective at the top of professional golf.
The sense of community we’re rediscovering during these trying times along with the stars of golf might spark new thinking at the rising stars of golf. The sport in general should retain the acts of kindness, as we can see on certain big names in the sport world. Considering however that golfers are independent, in control of their actions, as long as they’re performing at the top of their game, could things be different once this is all over?
Is there a chance in there that men and women playing at the highest lever will see the bigger picture instead of their own interest?
Will they realise that their pursuit of excellence is crushed by pursuit of money and will they think of working for the greater good of lesser known fellow professionals?
The same questions were asked after the events of September 11, 2001, bearing the question of importance of money, reputation and rivalries. The answer came quickly when everything resumed back to normal, nothing changed and we got over the notion of a caring world of sport.
Recent events are different to what happened 19 years ago, now we’re forced to think of the less fortunate than us, who are in a non-admirable position. But is it enough to make the successful golfers thing somewhat different in the future?
Tiger Woods has never played the John Deere Classic due to its small-time status on the PGA Tour. Obviously that would never happen, but some people have been wishing for something like that to happen, since it would show his appreciation towards the general public with such a gesture.
However the PGA Tour has forced the stars in the recent years to play some of the less famous tournaments. It might be that now is the time to make those wishes a reality, seeing how best golfers around the glove could do something for lesser known player and tournaments which struggle.
Some of the European players are so much taken over by the thought of playing a PGA Tour that their path to winning is taken over by the thought of earning money. Their ambition doesn’t drive them to elevate the game, by playing some of the smaller tournaments in their home countries and in Europe which are hoping to attract strong fields.
Women’s Tour after the crisis will be hit hard as well, it was struggling even before the crisis occurred to reach a financially relevant status and give female professionals a reason to play and earn a living. Even though there have been collaborations between women’s and men’s tours, the damage will be greater after these events, and it calls for an urgent need to make this kind of happening a must.
Those golfers who remain financially healthy we can only hope will give a thought or two towards those less fortunate.