How many ranked rounds have you played as a CHAMPION? Do you too have to go the 1,000 ranked to move to TC?
I have over 1,400 rounds.
If I ever were to lower my average to the required average of 55.00, I'd tier up to Tour Champion. But that's extremely unlikely to happen. First, I'm only an average player. And second, I won't play a bunch of red tee course set ups just to tier up.
For whatever reason, it's always been important to me to tier up by playing from the default tees for my tier. I got to Champion that way but won't be able to get to Tour Champion that way. Currently, I only have 13 rounds that are 27 or lower (for 9 holes). Here's the distribution of my lowest 200 scores: