Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Rodriguez Likes PTGL Model

anthony rodriguez - ptglWe wrote not too long about about how San Antonian Anthony Rodriguez was named MVP of the first competition from the Professional Team Golf League (PTGL). The PTGL is a league bringing the team concept to golf, with eight "games" for each "team" during the 2007 "season."

The San Antonio Express-News' weekly golf page today features an article on Rodriguez and his PTGL experience last month, and he sounds hopeful about the venture's prospects for success:

Now, what exactly is the PTGL?

Rodriguez, for one, thinks it's a valid question. He even asked the same thing when he was approached by the league last year.

"You hear of new golf tours popping up all the time," Rodriguez said. "But when I saw the money and backing behind this, I knew it was a sure thing."

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Rodriguez said he normally can spend up to tens of thousands of dollars each year in out-of-pocket travel expenses. Playing with the PTGL doesn't give any player a direct boost in earning a tour card, but the benefits are seen elsewhere.

"It gives you an opportunity to go play," said Rodriguez, who was named rookie of the year on the Canadian Tour in 2006 after not missing a cut in 10 starts. "You can stay competitive and ease off the expenses a little bit. It also gives you a certain exposure."

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