Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
That's a lot of good information Redhook. Thanks. So essentially if you're a top 30 player, you're always assigned to play in a pro-am. I'd think that would make for a longer week and some competitive disadvantage versus not having to play in it.
And if you're not one of the top 36 players, the "on-call" guys are just randomly picked? Sorry I know this is a bit of minutiea for everyone else but it's just something I'm interested in.
Yes, the Top 30 players, play in the majority, if not all, the pro-ams. Their schedule is very different from the "other" Tour players. Usually, they'll take Monday off, or just get a little practice in. They'll play 9 holes Tuesday if they've seen the course, 18 if they haven't. Then they play 18 on Wed.
Playing the pro-ams has advantages and disadvantages. Most of the other players can't play the day before the tournament unless they get up at 5:00 for a quick 9 at 6:15 or so. The disadvantage is they're tiring, but not enough to ruin a week. You get used to them.
When I caddied on the LPGA, they rotated the on-call players. It's not random, but required every so often. I caddied about 30 events and was on-call maybe 3 times. Not much. I think that's pretty typical. It would kind of suck if you were expecting Tiger or Phil and you got some guy 120th on the money instead.
I still think the rule that DQ'd Furyk is bunk. It too harsh and only applies to a small percentage of the field. I'm sure it'll be changed this offseason.