MORE SMALL-FIELD EVENTS?
Walker: With just 70 players in the field, the pace of play moved briskly on Thursday and Friday, and we got to see some truly marquee groups (Tiger/Donald/McIlroy and Mickelson/Watson/Stricker). Should the Tour hold more TV-friendly limited-field events?
Bamberger: No. A win means far less when you have only half a field. Grinding it out to make a cut is the foundation of Tour golf.
Reiterman: Absolutely. Hey, it's entertainment! Plus, how many times are Tiger, Phil and Rory in the same event? I'd guess about 13 times a year if we're lucky. Get the big boys together more often. If you want to watch six-hour rounds and listen to journeyman stories, check out the Web.com Tour.
Godich: There are too many good stories out there-and too many good players. The stars are already getting fat (and collecting World Ranking points) on these limited-field events. Others deserve a shot.
Morfit: I actually think this is a nice number of players. It's not too few, like at the Tour Championship, and it's not too many, like at the U.S. and British Opens.
Gorant: Well, they are more fun to watch, as long as you're OK with there being fewer touring pros in the world, fewer places for young talent to develop, etc.
Wei: I feel like the Tour already does a bunch of these made-for-TV events. It seems like they do it just about every week or whenever Tiger/Rory are in the field. I wouldn't want more.
Lynch: We don't need smaller fields as a rule. We just need to have the snails on Tour hit with stroke penalties and suspensions for repeat offenders. Then we can all enjoy an event without growing a beard before the leaders get done.
Ritter: I like the limited-field events, but they hurt the middle- to bottom-tier Tour pros who are trying to make a living. I think we have the right amount today.
Van Sickle: The field size doesn't keep events from having marquee pairings. It's unrelated. As for pace of play, sending a 70-man field off both tees means the paying spectators get only four and a half hours of golf, not a full day. Not a good value at these prices. A real tournament needs at least 120 players.
BE TRUMP FOR A DAY
Walker: Donald Trump and architect Gil Hanse are going to "blow up" and redesign Doral's Blue Monster course for next year's event. What PGA Tour course would you most like to blow up and start over on?
Van Sickle: I think the Bear Trap at PGA National would blow up nicely. It's a real nice stretch of holes for a resort course… if you want 5 ½ hour rounds. Even the pros think it's too gimmicky. And that statue of the bear could definitely use some C4 attached to it.
Reiterman: I'll go with Torrey Pines. For a course that's right on the ocean, it's a pretty bland course with very few memorable holes.
Morfit: It's not a regular Tour course but I'd blow up Whistling Straits, which I think is a mess and quite possibly the most dangerous place ever built to watch a golf tournament. Looks good on TV, though.
Wei: Doral is a good place to start. Wouldn't mind re-doing Bay Hill, either. Dove Mountain and TPC San Antonio are both forgettable.
Lynch: Throw a dart at the Tour schedule, and don't feel like you have to aim carefully. Let's start with any course whose name starts with TPC.
Godich: I'll be the contrarian and say let's leave well enough alone. That includes the Blue Monster.
Bamberger: Augusta National. I actually wouldn't do much, except get rid of about 500 trees and the so-called first cut and play 11 from the old forward tee. The course as it was when I first fell in love.