Tuesday, November 25

Is the Skins Game a Silly Season Major?

I REMEMBER WATCHING THE FIRST Skins Game when Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player divvied up the loot. I thought it was pretty cool. Nothing against football, but I liked the idea of watching the biggest names in golf stand over humongous money putts on Thanksgiving weekend in the Southern California desert.

The novelty has long since worn off. Now, 25 years later, the format is more than a little tired. I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched the Skins Game.

If there was such a thing as Silly Season majors, would the Skins Game be on the list? I figure Tiger’s tournament would be a shoo-in for Silly Season major status. Does anybody − even hard-core golf fans − care about any of the others?

−The Armchair Golfer

9 comments :

The Reverend said...

If is is, then Fred Couples have many more majors then the one!

Mad Hatter said...

Yes, and very boring

Alan Hammond said...

After reading the title of your post, I was prepared to say that it's still a great event. But, after reading the post and trying to recall the last time I watched, I was forced to reconsider. You're right, it has become sort of outdated. I wish I had a solution to bring it into this century, and potentially save it from extinction.

lancer said...

Tiger, Daly, Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer might put some life in it, otherwise it's sheer boredom, even for the most ardent golf lover.

Bobbio said...

Yup, old hat, boring.

I think we need a golf event where your competitor is hitting a ball back at you.

14 STIX said...

Sorry, but Steven Ames is not a major draw Skins Games organizers...and Palm Springs is sooo boring. Get a better more dramatic setting.
What I would do to breathe some life into this thing is to get four well-known pros and then have some nationwide contest to select four amateurs and pair them of with the pros. The two-man pro/am teams would play Shamble or best ball match play against one another. Here's the rub - you have to use at least 4 of the Am's drives over the 18 holes. Give the pro's an appearance fee for showing up and let the Am's donate the skin money to the charity of their choice. Sound crazy? Would anyone else watch that?

The Reverend said...

Not is Stephen Ames a bad draw, he's an arrogant clown.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

14 Stix is on the right track. How about pro/am teams playing alternate shot?