...... I know the rules regarding pros playing am events. It is what it is. I don't have any problem with those guys playing in the MAC per say......
Wait for it.....( I do this all the time, don't take offence to it from me please)
But what made me think was that it was brought up that in Majors, pros absolutely cannot play AM regardless of rating. I know the MAC is not a major, but is there anyway to establish the same rating rules as a major for this tournament?
Yes, by making it a MAJOR, which it isn't. This is NOT a MAJOR, if it gets to that point then yeah, but how many of the <970 are truly "PRO's" Because by this logic..... There was only one over 970 and he was an Amateur..... He finished tied for 6th..... Yet at AM world's there were 13 over 970+, The winner (987) topped the grouping, but there was a 141 place finisher (Missed the cut-971-Rated) a 980 finished 20, and 976 59th....
I heard a few players who were just a little disappointed that in an Amateur championship they weren't actually competing against just amateurs. I know the system is flawed. We don't have to get into that. Just wondered if this was a possibility or not. I think it would almost make it an even more elite style tournament if there was a real am only designation.
I guess elitism is an issue here, you want elitism, you should be looking to move to the "pro" level in my own mind.
If you want to compete against like minded relatively balanced individuals that are not "truly pro" then I believe that this format works.
I have mentioned to Scott that I would like to see a "RATINGS ONLY" event of this magnitude, where you play the following fields-
You would only be able to play in the appropriate rated area. You would need to have at least 12 rounds rated, and 6 within the year of the event to qualify.
So you pulled a "me" and you do have a problem with it. But it is the way that it is to allow for a more competitive field.
The only way this can change is to go to a RATINGS based field, or get enough to make it a "MAJOR", which BTW will require more $$$ from people in the other fields to pay as you have to be current, pay for your officials tests, etc.....so you want to charge more how you gonna pitch that?