There has been some discussion on tour lately regarding the Pro Masters division. We even discussed it in a recent podcast. In the past, I have put forward the idea that the Pro
Masters division does not belong on the Pro side of the game. There are two primary reasons for this.
The player will be putting in $275, $100 would go to the Masters side pot and $175 would go to the open payout.
In the long-term, payouts will continue to rise and it will be in the best interest of Masters aged players to play in the open division because that is where most of the money is. We envision a weaning process where, moving forward, when an event has a waitlist at the start of the tournament that is larger than the number of participants in the Masters side pot, then the Masters side pot would not be available the following year.
Below is an example of how this would have worked at the 2018 Waco Annual Charity Open, presuming the 40+ players in Open put money into the Masters Pot and everyone in the Masters division played, which may be a big presumption, but it gives us a good starting point. To see how the following was derived, please review our calculation spreadsheet.
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