The Ask Alan mailbag is open for business. Here are this week’s top questions:

Eugenio Chacarra won $4.75m at LIV Bangkok against Tom Kim who has won $4m so far [the PGA] Tour with two victories… who will offer to exchange their life with the other? @DeyAlcalde

I think they’re both pretty happy where they are, and they should be. Not only will Chacarra earn an obscene amount of money, but as LIV’s first (only?) young key player, he’ll also get a ton of promotion. An open question is whether LIV can create stars or just poach them? Chacarra, 22, will be an important test case and numbers to get a lavish amount of attention to help him succeed. Meanwhile, Kim, who just turned 20 this summer, is riding a tidal wave of goodwill on the PGA Tour. All of his big players are going to do whatever they can to make him feel happy and valued, so he won’t be tempted by LIV’s next big offer. (Kim has already turned down one, offered before the Presidents Cup.) Both situations seem pretty ideal.

Kim had no bogeys on 72 holes. How does a human have no OB drives, no three putts, 100% sand saves, no clear misses? #askalan @REOSuperFan

I thought about that too. Even on an easy setup, the man had to conjure near-perfect execution. And that over four days, with variable weather conditions, early tee times, late tee times, a variety of playing partners, pre-game meals, and then the pressure of having to win a tournament. Just an absolutely ridiculous performance. But that doesn’t mean he was perfect; a good iron shot can redeem a bad drive, just like a long putt can erase a bad chip. Give Kim credit for her ingenuity as well as her stellar play.

People thought the OWGR was an independent body! But obviously Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, who sit on the board, can’t be impartial when it comes to LIV, and fellow board members Mike Whan and Seth Waugh and Martin Slumbers and Will Jones (Augusta National) are also caught in the crossfire. . Keith Waters has a seat at the table representing the International Federation of PGA Tours, but his day job is COO of the former European Tour. They could all recuse themselves on LIV-related issues, but that would leave the future of professional golf in the hands of one man: Peter Dawson, the very old-school former head of the R&A, who chairs the board. of the OWGR. Given his long relationships with other board members, it’s easy to think Dawson is compromised, but he’s spent the past five years working as a (presumably well-paid) strategic consultant to the tourism industry. golf in Dubai. Clearly, then, he believes (cough, cough) in the growth of the game in the Middle East, and he could listen to LIV’s arguments with something like an open mind. I’m not sure anyone knows what the process would be for OWGR to blow up its own organization and appoint a new board, but how about this for an idea: Create a board with 23 members, one from each of the world tours that earn world ranking points. All of the different conflicts of interest would more or less cancel each other out, and the professional game could tend towards some sort of consensus on what to do with LIV.

I have to play again. I’ve only been on the property once, around the turn of the century. Matt Ginella and I, along with a few wingers, were barnstorming around Northern Ireland, and we hit the RCD on the Sunday before it hosted a big tournament. The course was closed, but an Irish don snuck past us. However, we did not have access to caddies or even course guides. There are so many blind shots out there, and I distinctly remember the deflating feeling of us hitting four decent tee shots in crosswinds, going over a hill and not being able to see any of our balls in the fairway. But it’s a great course and the greens are amazing. RCD is clearly a great course, but I need a revamp to fully experience the magic.

If rumors of LIV changes – 72 holes, cut, qualifier, etc. – come to fruition, is this another Monahan mistake? It forces their hand but can end up giving them more legitimacy in the long run with a format that is widely accepted and harder to ridicule. Thoughts? @kylelabat

We can blame Jay Monahan for a lot of things, but that’s a bridge too far. LIV has said all along that this year is a beta test and things will evolve. With the OWGR refusing to bend the knee, it became apparent that LIV will have to try harder to meet the set criteria. Going to 72 holes, having a cut and a more accessible qualifying system are key, and that pattern was established by the World Rankings statutes, not Monahan.

A 22 year old won on LIV while a 20 year old won on the PGA Tour. Are the gains equal or does it no longer matter? Looks like Tom Kim “earned” his plus? @dleect

Oh, that’s definitely important, it’s just not black and white to weigh these things. LIV Bangkok’s top 20 included, in descending order, a Masters champion (Patrick Reed), 15-time Euro Tour winner (Paul Casey), guy who made 464 cuts on the PGA Tour (Charles Howell III) , 32-year-old future Hall of Famer (Brooks Koepka), 2021 WGC winner (Abe Ancer), Ryder Cup monster (Ian Poulter), 29-year-old US Open champion (Bryson DeChambeau) , possibly the best player in the world (Dustin Johnson), a Hall of Famer who won the PGA Championship last year (Phil Mickelson), a former world number 1 (Lee Westwood), the 22nd player in the world (Joaquin Niemann) and another Masters champion (Sergio García). Those are weight summaries, but it was just 54 holes without a cut on a course and tournament with no pedigree. Tom Kim had to survive the cut and conquer a much deeper, much hungrier field, but his pursuers had far less starpower. It’s certainly harder to win a PGA Tour event, but when you explain who Chacarra beat, it sounds more impressive. I’ll call it a push. (*Ducks.*)

I agree the 23-year-old South African is an enticing talent, a long hitter with big hands around the green. And Higgo appears to be a tough kid, having lost his father at an early age and launched his career during the height, or low, of COVID. But considering he’s played in six majors, missed four cups and failed to go better than 47th, I’ll take the less.

Doesn’t it make sense to go ahead for every college superstar to immediately go to LIV for a few years, earn about $10 million, then move on to the PGA Tour to play “real golf” and start fighting in the majors? They can consolidate their financial situation without losing any of their best years, then focus on the big championships without having to worry about money. @luke_peacock

Well, sure, but that’s assuming there will be a place for them on LIV and, more specifically, there will be access to major championships if these young players mingle with, er, disrupters. I will say this: LIV Golf is possibly the best thing that can happen to US Open and British Open qualifying! If the LIVsters are frozen from World Ranking points for the next 10 or 11 months, which is a distinct possibility, you may see a group of marquee players go through the qualifying process, which will be way too much fun.

Rate the probability that Greg’s tour will succeed without infinite dollars. 5%? Less? @fakePOULTER

It’s like asking, would I have played so many great golf courses if I weren’t a golf writer? Some things are right whether we like it or not.