PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Geoff Ogilvy wouldn’t mind defending his title in the Barracuda Championship on the edge of the Sierra, though that would mean he’s not eligible for the World Golf Championship in Bridgestone the same week. Ogilvy much prefers Montreux to Firestone, but he would rather play for $8 million in prize money instead of $3 million, along with the prestige of trying to win a fourth WGC title.
The Barracuda Championship uses modified Stableford system, and that’s appealing. That led to questions about how the PGA Tour could add a level of interest to a season that is 72 holes of stroke play in every tournament but two (Reno and the Match Play).
He came up with one solution — team competition — and two possibilities.
“I think it would be fun to play a mixed tournament,” he said. “That would be interesting, don’t you think?”
Imagine the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour each counting it as an official event (a medalist along with a team winner). Ogilvy said he would want Lydia Ko was a partner, and who can blame anyone for choosing the No. 1 player?
The other idea would be a fourballs competition, much like the USGA is doing this year at Olympic Club.