Head-to-head record should rule at Volvo
Saturday, October 31, 2009
CASERES, Spain – No player in any future Volvo World Match Play Championship should suffer the same fate as Scott Strange.
The Australian must have left Spain feeling like he’d been ripped off.
Strange won two of his group matches to tie for the lead in his group along with Anthony Kim. One of his wins was over the American. However, since Kim had amassed a better aggregate of holes won, he went through to the semifinals instead of Strange.
Volvo and tournament organizers IMG need to change the rules so that in the event of a tie, the player that wins in head-to-head play goes through to the semifinal. Strange beat Kim 3 up yet found himself on a plane home while Kim was heading for the next round.
As we say over here, that’s just not cricket. The rule needs to be changed to put the emphasis on the better head-to-head record, and let aggregate holes come second in the event of a tie.