Originally Posted by ERicJ
Yep, collusion to bump someone far up the Global ranks seems relatively easy under this system.
E.g. "Hey everyone let's get local good guy Dixon to win this whole Global thing. Everyone agree to miss a lot of putts and shoot ~50 points below your rating, but not too far below so that it gets thrown out."
I can't tell if you're being facetious or not. Yes it could
happen, but you'd have to have 75%+ of the field of a B-tier tournament intentionally tank their scores to (possibly) benefit a few selected ringers. I think most players that are serious enough to be PDGA members with ratings would not do that just to benefit a friend. Not only would they be hurting their own ratings, they'd be giving up on the potential to cash in the local portion of the event.
You'd have to pay my entry fee plus something for my time to get me to intentionally play 3 sanctioned rounds well below my rating for your gain.
And even if someone did have the money to bribe the entire field of a local event, it wouldn't be beneficial to that person in the long run. Yay, bragging rights for one virtual tournament, and a temporarily elevated rating that proves to be false over the next 6-8 tournaments.