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The Qatar Masters: A good golf trip spoiled

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r219453_860488Well that was fun!

I figured I’d take the time today to discuss the maiden voyage for two of the PGA’s best players and how this could be the wave of the future for the game of golf. Well that story will need to be tabled for another week.

Boo Weekley and Brandt Snedeker made a mess of their first start on the European Tour, as both missed the cut in rare fashion. Weekley, who’s already made it 2 for 2 on made cuts this year, and only missed five cuts last season, seemed to look out of place on the Doha course. Maybe it was the jet lag or the the lack of port-a-potties on the course; whatever it was, he didn’t look his usual self.

Snedeker just couldn’t get it going with the putter. His scrambling really kept him alive during the second round, and for the most part that was the main reason he didn’t shoot a higher score. Like Weekley, Snedeker doesn’t miss many cuts (he only missed seven last year in 26 events).

Considering how long it takes to get over to most of these events, it brings up a pretty important question: How do you balance two tour schedules while staying successful at the same time?

If the Doha practice run shows anything, it might be the fact that players won’t be able to jump back and forth between the European and PGA Tour. This is something that will require players like Weekley and Anthony Kim to plan out their schedule to play a couple of events in a row.

Jet lag and a lack of familiarity with most of the courses in Europe could really play a big role, as could the change of scenery and increased time spent on the road alone.

Look, I’m not saying playing both tours won’t work; I’m merely saying that if some of the big guns from the PGA want to make money on both sides of the Atlantic, they’ll really need to find a way to make it work.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

01/23/2009 at 4:28 pm

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