Originally Posted by SunDeck
You might be right- a dq might keep guys from blowing off the pro-am. Then again, with the exception of John Daly, how many of these guys are likely to do that? If they don't have any interest in the event, I don't believe they are under any obligation to sign up for it.
It is made to keep players from blowing it off. I don't know how a player is assigned the Pro-Am for a certain week, but before players would call out of the Pro-Am citing injury, and then show up Thursday perfectly fine.
While the Pro-Am is great for the PGA in general, you have to realize it's not particularly fun for the player. 1) The rounds take forever 2) You don't get to really practice anything because you're expected to "entertain" the guest players instead of working out a few different shots you might need to hit, and 3)It's not your sponsors that you get to necessarily be helping.
Imagine Peyton Manning going through film with a lucky fan on a Saturday night. Now he'd go through film anyway, but in order to make the experience worthwhile, he probably would have to be a little bit more personable and would possibly miss out on something.
So a lot of players blew it off. Like I said, the one thing I'm curious about is how players are drawn for this. Is it always the top 50 players in the tournament? Or is it a lottery where 50 of the entered players are drawn out? Or do you have a few exemptions where you can decide not to play in the Pro-AM but you are okay to play on Thursday?