In seeking to further enrich its players, PGA Tour merely lives up to its mission of promoting pro golf and acting in players’ interests
Before condemning the PGA Tour for its $40 million bonus pool, you need to understand where its responsibilities lie (“PGA Tour’s latest move creates a bad look,” April 28).
IRS Form 990, the informational tax return filed by the Tour and all other nonprofits, includes on page 1 a “mission statement.” The Tour’s mission statement reads: “To promote the sport of professional golf and the common interests and the common interests of touring golf professionals.”
The Tour’s responsibilities are to the “touring golf professionals.” Not to the fans, patrons, networks, analysts, commentators, sportswriters. Though we don’t like it and think it’s greedy, the Tour is doing what it’s supposed to do: look out for its members.
The fault lies with our tax laws that allow an organization to annually generate tens of millions of dollars in operating surpluses, to accumulate over $2 billion in cash and investments and possess billions in values of Tour properties while paying zero in income taxes.
But that’s another story.
‘Despicable’ actions by PGA Tour
Thank you, Dan O’Neill, for your insightful article on the hideousness of the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program (“PGA Tour’s latest move creates a bad look,” April 28).
I was not aware of the PGA Tour’s layoffs last year, which makes this even more despicable. The richest tour on the planet, and it can’t keep its staff engaged and working: Shame on them. I am sure that the PGA Tour had banker friends who could have gotten the Tour a PPP loan to maintain its staff, even though they wouldn’t qualify, or just used all the cash they have lying around to do so.
In the face of what has gone on in the world, the PGA Tour is trying to enrich itself while playing to the players (a limited few), just because the Tour is held hostage by the players themselves. Let them go, if they must – history shows that competing leagues fail – and then maybe they will make those who leave pay to play when they come begging back with their putters between their tails.
And lastly, what happened to the charities? The Tour’s priorities are, indeed, despicable.
Doing his part to make a point
Thanks, Dan O’Neill, for your revealing but not surprising article about the PGA Tour and its tone deafness (“PGA Tour’s latest move creates a bad look,” April 28).
For me, the issue of the PGA of America pulling the 2022 PGA from President Donald Trump's Bedminster property just to act as our politically correct “conscience” also was a major contribution to the dangers of cancel culture.
Millions of conservatives play golf and contribute to the PGA Tour and do not like sports and politics colliding for all the wrong reasons. My years of PGA volunteering at my local tournament is now over, and so are my purchases at PGA Superstore. It’s just my small contribution to stop feeding the monster. I hope others have returned their small cancel in kind.
Glen Rock, N.J.
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