Free speech will be muzzled by $10.25 million purse
Early in the year (I can’t find the archives on this new-and-improved website), contributors to Morning Read were all over the European Tour commissioner for scheduling a tour stop in Saudi Arabia, given that country’s attitudes toward human rights and its reported role in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Now, Gary Van Sickle is praising the PGA Tour commissioner for taking his product to China (“PGA Tour looks east for riches of Asia Swing,” Oct. 21).
What would Jay Monahan’s response be if one of the PGA Tour’s stars boycotted next week’s HSBC event in China in protest of the nation’s human-rights violations? Would he support that player’s position, or would he follow NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s lead and hide behind the player’s right to free expression?
Relax, commissioner. We’re talking about a limited-field, $10.25 million purse for the HSBC World Golf Championship. None of your extremely wealthy and privileged top-60 players in the world would pass that up.
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