Gary Player has a reacted on Twitter to a number of a big-name American absentees from this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a tournament that has for long been billed as the European Tour's "flagship event of the year".
Rory McIlroy might be out in force on Wentworth's West Course in Surrey this week, as too the likes of Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey, but a number of world-class Europeans are missing with the likes of Justin Rose and Jon Rahm favouring the Fort Worth Invitational, and Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia taking the week off.
But South African legend Player seemed to take more of a dig at the Americans, rather than the Europeans who skipped Wentworth, in his latest tweet...
Unfortunately, I can only count 6 players from the USA playing at Wentworth in the @BMWPGA on the @EuropeanTour “flagship” event. What a shame for our global game. You can never be a world champion if you stay at home. GP— Gary Player (@garyplayer) May 24, 2018
If truth be told, many of the big-name American players have typically bypassed Wentworth on their schedule.
For us, the decision of a number of big-name Europeans missing this tournament is more concerning, especially when there are more world ranking points on offer here than across the pond this week.