Golf, rasslin’ and racin’: What’s the difference?
Ted Bishop writes: “Some PGA members will say that appointing [Seth] Waugh as CEO merely means that the PGA will become more corporate and less member-focused. The same critics will say that a PGA member should be hired for the CEO position. In all due respect, the PGA of America has outgrown that notion. It’s a $200 million-a-year business, and it needs a businessman to run the organization.” (“PGA’s hiring of Waugh would be bold step,” Aug. 24).
This sums it up in a nutshell. Professional golf is now no different than professional wrestling or auto racing. It's an entertainment business and has nothing in common with folks who enjoy going out for a round of golf with family, friends or business associates.
Money and those who worship money ultimately will destroy anything that is fun and enjoyed by the masses.
For all the purists out there, just keep going out there and work on hitting them long and straight.
A stench from Ponte Vedra Beach to Copenhagen
Shadow Creek hasn’t been a Steve Wynn property for years (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 24). The MGM Grand and his conglomerate bought all of Wynn’s holdings years ago.
As for the Fedex Cup and the playoffs, I’ve been saying this for years: Lining the top 125, 100, 70 and 30 with loads of cash for basically meaningless golf tournaments created by the PGA Tour for the sole purpose of making them relevant. Does anyone care?
After mid-July next year, the season will be over. Do these guys really deserve all of this attention? I get that they don’t want to compete with the NFL. So, why have a fall season at all? September-November is still football season. Why is the Tour playing? They don’t give Ryder Cup points for those tournaments, thanks to Phil Mickelson.
In years past, the season ended in September, the Silly Season started in November and December and the Tour started again in January.
Something smells rotten in Denmark.
Anthony S. Polakov
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