I played a tourney yesterday morning and finished in a 3 way tie for first. Just a local club tourney, small event. The TD announced the players split the cash prize and bag tags would be awarded based on the previous order (since I was lowest before, I got the 3 tag). There was no playoff. The other two guys I tied told me that this is generally accepted practice in all disc golf tourneys and clubs. Another pro said that in tourneys tied players split the cash prize and only do the playoff for the trophy.
It seems against the competitve spirit to not have a meaningful playoff to decide an outright winner, especially in a sport where ties are likely to happen often. Is the disc golf community just cool with splitting cash prizes in the event of ties? I can't imagine this happens at NT events or Worlds right? Gotta say I was pretty dissapointed, I was all pumped to play a sudden death playoff and test my skills under pressure. There was even a real gallery there to watch. It would have been fun. I hate ties!
either way, the players should be informed before they begin play at the players meeting. thats really lame that they dont do playoffs for a big bag tag round. lots of weekly and monthly tourneys do prize splits for ties...but getting bag tags involved should change that paradigm because...come on...all bag tag holders want some ACTION!
PDGA events require a playoff for first with no "official" splitting allowed. If players agree to a split on the side, that's off the record books. The playoff winner will be shown as receiving the full first place prize and it will be reported to the IRS if above $600. So players who decide to split probably should take the difference in tax consequences into account when deciding if the split should be exactly half or a little more for the winner...