That said you have to try and ignore or avoid the stuff like ball effects that just seems childish, but maybe that is a huge target audience for WGT... look at the millions of gamers that play fortnight and they played in a world championship for millions of dollars... would you be open to growing the wgt audience if those kind of payouts could ever be reached? Not saying they are but think of the potential and the fact WGT is trying to have more live competitions...
Why should he care if there is more to be won in the big (live) competitions ? Not being allowed to compete for a bigger prize would if anything be more frustrating. I'm not sure how many of the "target audience" would be allowed to take part either, two possible problems there.
Participation in the Contest is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older. Note, however, that only individuals who are legal residents of and physically located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Norway, Ireland, The Netherlands, and South Korea who are 18 years of age or older or the age of majority in the entrant's state or province/territory ("province") of residence, whichever is greater are eligible to win prizes.
In the end wgt will lose some customers with the way they are changing the game, they'll gain some too and obviously think the numbers are in their favour. On straight numbers they will need to be massively so.
They type of players they will lose will often be older, some retired, many with an interest in real golf. Most will have played this game for years. They will get much younger people trying the game out and sticking with it for varying amounts of time. On average the former goup will have more money and be more likely to spend $50 on a driver or $5- $10 a time for vitual balls. There are many more reasons it's not a straight calculation but I really can't be bothered going into it further, they ask for opinions but wont answer the simplest questions. I've seen "will there be uel?" seventeen times without an answer, not even a disingenuous "we don't know".
As Davstan said change is coming, which is hardly a secret, that we are already seeing close to the finished product is the sad part. There must be other ways they could have gone with this.