Designated events going down a treat with Spieth and Scheffler

Ronan MacNamara

Scottie Scheffler (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour’s designated events have drawn a significant degree of scrutiny, particularly since they are going to become more exclusive in 2024, but Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler believe they are going to boost the tour.

Four of the scheduled events have been crossed off the list so far and while they have produced stellar fields and star-studded leaderboards, as contests, they have been rather ho-hum.

That was until the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational produced drama to the last and really kickstarted the series of events with Spieth and Scheffler hoping A-list Sunday leaderboards can become commonplace on the PGA Tour.


“Yeah, I mean, I guess it depends on how you define/ who you’re defining,” explained Spieth when asked if the leaderboard validated the Tour’s decision regarding the elevated events.

“If that’s number of wins or World Ranking or whatever it may be. But, yeah, I think that’s more of an afterwards, see how it worked with ratings. I mean, it seemed like the fan engagement was incredible. But more so you want to see kind of what impact that has on the viewership.

“Hopefully, it’s really solid and then hopefully weeks like this are common place. As they have been in the past in these big invitational events. But I don’t think this tournament’s had this kind of field. Certainly it’s typically a star that wins at this golf course. But, yeah, I hope so.”

Scheffler, who could have returned to world number one with a share of second place at worst, echoed the sentiments of Spieth.

“Yeah, I think they have all been pretty successful so far and they have definitely been a lot of fun to play in,” said Scheffler who finished in a share of fourth place alongside Spieth.

“Hopefully they have been fun for the fans to enjoy as well. Hopefully we’re moving in the right direction. I certainly believe that.”

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