If a PGA Tour professional wanted to play all five events from the second week of October to the first week of November, that route would require just north of 15,000 miles of travel, according to Google Earth.
Of course, no player is like that it is required to participate in all of these events, but the potential travel headache of doing so — especially with the way things are going this summer — has two-time PGA Tour winner James Hahn wondering why the schedule is built the way it is in the first place.
“Look at the new PGA Tour schedule and you’ll understand why the players are upset,” Hahn tweeted Monday afternoon, just minutes after the Tour unveiled the 2022-23 lineup. “Vegas to Japan to South Carolina to Bermuda to Mexico? For viewers, it’s a remote control motion. For us, that’s 20-hour travel days and tens of thousands of dollars in expenses.”
Hahn, who serves as director of players on the PGA Tour Policy Board, said he is currently playing in his seventh straight tournament. The start of next week’s Fedex Cup playoffs, which Khan looks to make at No. 115 in the rankings, will make it their eighth in a row.
“I won’t see my family for a month,” Khan replied to another Twitter user. “I will miss taking my daughter to her first day of school. The sacrifices I make to be the 236th best golf (sic) in the world.
“Do you see the hypocrisy. Players are leaving the tour because they want to spend more time with their families, among other things. But when I talk about our graphics problem, it is considered whiny and minor. I can’t win with you guys.”
Of course, the tour schedule has come under increased scrutiny as LIV Golf has grown, with many players citing the PGA Tour’s taxing travel schedule among the reasons they decided to leave the rookie league.
“I’ve been traveling since 1998. It’s like winning the lottery for me,” said Pat Perez, who added that he missed the birth of his child because of his PGA Tour travels. “One day I’ll have to explain to him why I wasn’t there.”
In another tweet, Khan suggested only playing events in major cities, such as those with NFL teams.
Khan’s rant generated hundreds of responses, including one from Scotty Scheffler’s caddy Ted Scott.
“Change your mindset,” Scott said. “Most people have a tough gig in this life. We are not them. It’s a game that earns us a living. Drink it man. I would be grateful.”
Hahn will obviously have plenty of time to reflect on his gratitude on the way to Greensboro for the Wyndham Championship this week. We hope from the comfort of the window.