Column: PGA is making a huge mistake, players owe it nothing

Column: PGA is making a huge mistake, players owe it nothing

Sez Me…

Let them play golf, dammit. Let them breathe. Let them LIV.

On any course. In any country with a water supply—except Russia. In a plane. In a train. In a car. In pasturelands (Farmers Open). We mountain tops. In rainforests. We bike lanes. In heaven. In hell.

For any amount of money, foreign or domestic.

Golfers are caterers?

There wasn’t a single professional golfer attacking the Capitol with a 2-iron on Jan. 6.

Benedict Arnold changed teams, but it wasn’t during the Ryder Cup.

Reports are sketchy, but many Biblical scholars believe Judas hanged himself from a tree — and not because he couldn’t get out of an impossible lie behind it.

Claus von Stauffenberg didn’t slip his briefcase bomb under Hitler’s table on the 19th hole at Wolf’s Lair CC.

Not since the Scots invented this athletic misery/addiction, in 1764, when they first knocked rocks around 18 holes at St. Andrews (the “new course” then, I suppose), has the Grand Auld Game been beset by such ignominy.

A few players are being besieged by the misguided hypocrites, the overly jingoistic, who used to be truffles, hard to find, but now grow like bamboo.

Big-name guys betraying their home organization, the PGA, turning coats and polo shirts, going over to the enemy — the rich new Saudi-backed LIV series — are traitors? Mutineers?

The PGA has banned 17 players from its tour (nine major winners) — including San Diego’s Phil Mickelson, who pretty much diverged on the figurative grenade for this, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler (quite possibly the Tour’s greatest goodwill ambassador), Sergio Garcia, San Diego’s Pat Perez, and with Greg Norman the LIV’s PT Barnum — for renouncing its golfing citizenship.

Mickelson reportedly is getting $200 million, Johnson $125 million, basically just for appearing. Tiger Woods, apparently offered a sheik’s ransom, gave LIV the Heisman, as did Jack Nicklaus.

Of course, the sport’s Angry Villagers not only see the players as traitors to the PGA, but to the United States, citing Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations.

A reporter actually asked Brits Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter if they’d play in Vladimir Putin’s tournament. No answer.

This is not the same thing. We haven’t cut off Saudi Arabia. Not even close.

No fan of that nation am I — exact opposite — but do the hypocrites realize they probably have some Saudi Arabia in their gas tank? We get more than one barrel of oil from that country. And the Saudis are one of the leading importers (untold billions) of US weaponry.

The nation’s human rights history is awful, but China’s is worse, and it’s hard to purchase anything here not made there. Do we not have athletes making money in China — or in Russia before the war?

Do we not have our own indelible history of human rights violations, which the clueless are trying to erase?

We needlessly lost more than 2,000 military personnel in our prolonged war in Afghanistan, which continues to produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin supply.

Vietnam is our 10th-largest trading partner.

We have done, do and will continue to do business with these people for the same reason these “traitors” are.

Golfers are independent contractors.

Some players are disgusted with the PGA Tour, but this is about money. There aren’t many athletes turning down hundreds of millions for showing up.

The PGA is making a huge mistake here. Golf is driven by names. The networks — and the Tour — have sponsors. Names sell. How long before they tell the Tour to get over it? Tiger isn’t playing 20 times a year anymore.

These players owe the PGA nothing.

This reminds me of AFL Commissioner Al Davis forcing the merger by plucking quarterbacks from the NFL. The League blinked—and surrendered.

While I don’t know much, I know the PGA sure as hell isn’t the NFL.

LIV may be an expensive-but-affordable failure. Know what these guys will do then? Smile at their bank statements and play golf. Somewhere. …

Family Feud: Fredo Spanoscalled a misogynist in a suit by sister Dea in an effort to take control of The NFL Team That Used To Be Here — and sell it — is puzzled. “Misogynist?” Fredo says. “I was born in this country.” …

Family Feud II: Meanwhile, Orioles owner Peter Angelos is being sued by brother Lou for control of the team. Owners. Survey said? …

Is it a coincidence Fredo’s younger brother is Michael? …

Jack Del Rio still has a job? Lucky for him that, while saying all that remarkable stupidity, he wasn’t kneeling. …

You ask how the Rams can keep spending so much money? If only LA were easier to get around in than the NFL salary cap. …

Ryan Fitzpatrick believe Peyton Manning “is the greatest quarterback who ever lived.” He wasn’t the greatest QB the Colts and Broncos ever had. …

Trent Williams we Aaron Donald: “I wish he would have retired.” …

The odds of Donald retiring were similar to my chances of going through SEAL training without ringing the bell. …

Another College Football Hall of Fame nerd without SDSU’s Willie Buchanon. Should have been in decades ago. Was on The Sporting News all-time team. There never has been a better collegiate cornerback. Impossible. Only mike haynes (who is in) compares. …

Robinson Cano, 39, has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, who managed to scoop him away from the Lakers. …

Stink O’ The Week Sezment Revisited: Fake Runner at second base. Just awful. …

Fire Joe Maddon? From Bobby Knight: “Joe’s forgotten more about baseball than Artie Moreno will ever know.” …

Dodgers promotion: Buy eight gallons of gas on the my76@ app and get two tickets for the price of one. So it only costs you $100. …

When it comes to sculpting with clay, there’s Bernini, Rafa Nadaland Chris Evert, who won 125 straight matches on the stuff (199-2 overall). …

Elvis impersonators no longer are allowed in Vegas wedding chapels. Is it retroactive? Does this mean I’ve been living in sin for 50 years? …

Forty-nine years ago last Thursday, I was in a White Front store (yes, White Front), and watched the greatest, most dominating, remarkable thing I’ve seen in sports: Secretariat in the Belmont. Still get chills. …

No San Francisco athlete (Klay Thompson) has any right to rip fans from another city (Boston). Jar/kettle. …

Draymond Green is the NBA’s Woody Woodpecker. Instigator. …

Zion says he wants to remain in New Orleans. Of course. Is there a more fun place to be when you’re not working? …

Upstate New York congressional candidate Carl Paladino says Hitler “is the kind of leader we need.” Not quite yet, Carl, but be patient. …

If you didn’t vote, don’t whine. But you will. …

The Uvalde police chief says he didn’t know he was in charge at the school shooting. Does “chief” have another meaning in Texas? …

Admiral Nimitz: “When in command, command!”

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