Not suggesting it is a perfect solution, but trying to offer something that can reduce the problems within the showdowns might help... you have also tried to share how to minimize what can cause the bogey glitch. but it still happens and the only division you can afford to take a bogey in is the Rookie division.. I don't think anyone will stay competitive in Veteran or Expert while logging a bogey glitch.
and also as i have stated. alot of the champs and TCs and TLs would pull out of the lower brackets if they made the Expert level worth playing.
unfortunately... I don't see all the people you describe running to sign up and play the 1000cr RG... I suspect they don't play because the competition is far tougher and the payouts and conditions are known. By and large... people opt out, because it is too hard to finish in the top tier because MOST all of the top players play it...
That trend would follow I believe in the Expert division even if payout structures would seemingly improve and the bugs were fixed... it might give people an illusion of having a better chance, but just like the tougher WGT RG's it can still be tough to squeek into the top 10 or top 20 in the case of the Showdown... and you still need some favorable winds to overcome the greater experience level of so many top players.
As such, I would suspect many of the games best players would gravitate towards anything they felt they had an edge in... when that many players enter into a particular event... the odds of breaking even or winning a little goes down considerably... it is a tough game... especially when you start to face a much larger group of top players...
But I still struggle to see how this is marketable for WGT...
Now, there might be some, but I highly doubt any top level players (who feel inclined to play Expert) are putting real money into the game, which makes the Expert division more of a laundromat of sorts . Where is WGT making money off of people winning their credits? Maybe this also explains some of the adjustments.
You really think people are going to suddenly start paying $10 for a higher chance of losing than risking $1 where it will remain tough but seems at least reasonable?
Until you see Experts buying credits or people silly enough to buy credits to enter while having a fraction of a chance to win against many of the games best players... well... I doubt you will see a change there either... it's hopeful or wishful thinking but unless I am missing something... it is hard to foresee happening.