Friday, December 15

Phil Blackmar: Respect for the Journeyman

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WRITING AT HIS BLOG (and also having the piece appear at GolfChannel.com), Phil Blackmar, 60, makes a compelling case for the journeyman on the PGA Tour. Blackmar, who is 6 feet 7 inches, played 15 years on the PGA Tour and picked up three victories. He also won once on the Champions Tour.

Blackmar first quotes Teddy Roosevelt: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood."

Blackmar then writes:
It's really hard to get to the tour, and even if you're lucky enough to earn a ticket to the show, the line of players trying to take that ticket away from you and use it for themselves is seemingly endless. We evaluate careers on money and wins but how should the career of a player who didn't win often or at all but was able to play the tour for a long time be measured? Should a piece of respect be reserved for the player who plays 10, 15 or 20 years on tour?
If your answer wasn't already yes, it probably will be if you read Blackmar's comprehensive analysis.

First, he writes about how difficult it is to get on the PGA Tour. (Hint: The odds are very long.) Then he writes about how difficult it is to stay on the PGA Tour. And he uses data.

Finally, Blackmar writes that he's "proud to be journeyman #123." It's a ranking based on number of career starts since 1980.

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Who is No. 1? I won't give it away.

Read Blackmar if you have a few minutes. It's an interesting piece.

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