Along these lines... it wasn't clear you could Select ANY of the levels from the start and it wasn't necessary to advance to a higher level. Knowing this now will help some or many players.
It may also be helpful to create a table or chart that gives an overview of each "level" and the associated prizes/ ball in particular for that field. I tried to make notes on a few of them but was unable to track down all of the details. Not certain these are correct but ball park... it may help people to select a room they are willing to compete for the prizes in. A few people mentioned the ball prize was not comparable to a ball they even use...
Rookie 10 credit entry, played in Paris (100 coin), ball prize was L47 TM
Veteran 100 credit entry, played in Casablanca (10k coin), ball prize was L40 Titleist
Expert 1000 credit entry, played in Montreal (100k coin), ball prize was L87 Titleist
imho, some adjustments to the room being played is needed. Paris (100coin) is far to low for any showdown type of event. Montreal is really a Veteran coin room, not expert level. The best coin room players play in Bellagio or Manhattan. I do grasp why Montreal was possibly selected however since those coin rooms tend to have much slower or delayed match up times.
That being said, during a bigger event, more people would be playing so it really seems silly to be putting expert players on FORWARD tee boxes (okay technically Hard) but with sponsor apparel that already shortens the course, it turns the EXPERT field into somewhat of a red tee tournament. Probably why you in part saw such low scores. I believe I saw -21 under on one of the screen shots reporting problems with the scoring.
just a few thoughts to consider before the next showdown.