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Although he played just six Champions Tour events last year, he still managed to finish 16th on the money list with $959,000. Then he started this year winning the first two tournaments, joining Don January (1981) and Larry Nelson (2001) as the only players to do so. When he won the ACE Group Classic on Sunday, Roberts, 50, became the first player ever to win the first three events of the season. And if he wins this week's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, he'll join Chi Chi Rodriguez as the only Champions Tour players to win four straight tournaments.
Roberts was never a superstar on the regular tour, but he is proving just how big putting can be in senior golf. The Boss of the Moss is making the best of his second chance, now having won four of his nine tournaments since turning 50.
|Got a question about the PGA Tour? Ask ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig, who will answer your inquiries in his column each week.
Q. Is there any word yet on the new scoring system for the Fedex Cup? If not, what would be the likely weighting on majors and what other tournaments would be worth more?
A. There has been nothing definite on how next year's point system will work. It is a complicated deal that needs careful consideration. The PGA Tour wants a system in place under which those who earn a lot of points throughout the year will be rewarded -- but not to the extent that they can skip any of the season-ending Championship Series events. As for the weighting of points, the tour should do it like NASCAR. Make it the same at every tournament. In golf, the majors and the World Golf events have enough prestige attached to them. Extra points are not necessary. If more points are given, it will give the top players another excuse to skip the rank-and-file tournaments.
Q. We see almost all of the great courses watching the PGA Tour, but are we ever going to see Pine Valley?
A. That is highly doubtful. Pine Valley is ultra private and its membership policies (male only) would prevent it from hosting a PGA Tour event.
Q. Will the PGA Tour ever require that a player must play every tournament within a 4-5 year period?
A. It certainly would not be a bad idea, although there is nothing in the works to implement such a plan. The LPGA Tour has a similar rule that requires players to attend every event at least once in four years. That means a tournament and its fans are assured of getting Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park and, when she becomes a member, Michelle Wie, at least once in four years. That is called helping out the sponsors and television partners. In the case of the PGA Tour, however, the players would likely balk, citing their independent contractor status. They feel they have a right to pick and choose when and where they want to play, as long as they meet the tour minimum of 15 events.
Bob Harig covers golf for the St. Petersburg Times and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.