Is the Skins Game a Silly Season Major?

Is the Skins Game a Silly Season Major? 1I REMEMBER WATCHING THE FIRST Skins Game when Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player divvied up the loot. I thought it was pretty cool. Nothing against football, but I liked the idea of watching the biggest names in golf stand over humongous money putts on Thanksgiving weekend in the Southern California desert.

The novelty has long since worn off. Now, 25 years later, the format is more than a little tired. I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched the Skins Game.

If there was such a thing as Silly Season majors, would the Skins Game be on the list? I figure Tiger’s tournament would be a shoo-in for Silly Season major status. Does anybody − even hard-core golf fans − care about any of the others?

−The Armchair Golfer

Photo of author
Neil Sagebiel

9 thoughts on “Is the Skins Game a Silly Season Major?”

  1. After reading the title of your post, I was prepared to say that it’s still a great event. But, after reading the post and trying to recall the last time I watched, I was forced to reconsider. You’re right, it has become sort of outdated. I wish I had a solution to bring it into this century, and potentially save it from extinction.

  2. Sorry, but Steven Ames is not a major draw Skins Games organizers…and Palm Springs is sooo boring. Get a better more dramatic setting.
    What I would do to breathe some life into this thing is to get four well-known pros and then have some nationwide contest to select four amateurs and pair them of with the pros. The two-man pro/am teams would play Shamble or best ball match play against one another. Here’s the rub – you have to use at least 4 of the Am’s drives over the 18 holes. Give the pro’s an appearance fee for showing up and let the Am’s donate the skin money to the charity of their choice. Sound crazy? Would anyone else watch that?


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.