Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Somewhere lucky-shotting
The organizers of the San Diego tournament thought they were doing fine by themselves with organizing their event, getting the players they wanted, and, probably the biggest reason of them all: negotiating their own television coverage. That and they tend to pride themselves on their "independence."
And maybe it cost them more money? I'm not sure but I remember them reading something about how it was more of a priority for them to get and cement their new Tier I status than it was for them to get involved with the U.S. Open Series.
I browse once in a while.