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Wednesday
Jan302013

2011 PGA Tour Form 990 Fun: Rules Are "Uncompromisable"

There's much fun in the 2011 PGA Tour Form 990s fine print now posted at your favorite non-profit watchdog site. (I like Guidestar.)

The people doing the posting must get a big giggle at 41% raise Commissioner Tim Finchem enjoyed in 2011, putting him over $7 million in annual compensation and $50 million in lifetime earnings assuming '12 was similar, placing him fifth behind Furyk and one spot ahead of Ernie!

Then there was the 38% raise for the EVP Drones Club (but just a measly 24% bump for Ty!?). Or there was the $24 million in operating losses ascribable in large part to the TPC Network. And then there was...oh, forget it.

Anyway, here's a fun one for when Commish Benedict boards Tour Air I this week for San Diego to chat with the USGA Executive Committee at its annual meeting. Some of the language on page 71 of the 104-page Form 990 should get the rulesmakers' attention when Finchem's droning on about possible exceptions to the anchoring ban:

FORM 990, PART III - PROGRAM SERVICE, LINE 4C
 PGA TOUR, INC.

INCLUDES AS PART OF ITS MISSION STATEMENT THE DEDICATION TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF. THE TOURING PROFESSIONAL GOLFER HAS AN UNWAVERING ADHERENCE TO GOLF'S INHERENT VALUES, SUCH AS HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND SPORTSMANSHIP.

And we know that because no one ever gets fined or suspended. As far as we know.

GOLF IS A SPORT IN WHICH PLAYERS CALL PENALTIES ON THEMSELVES, WHETHER AN INFRACTION IS VISIBLE TO-OTHERS OR NOT.

If I could, I'd set this to Randy Newman's Roy Hobbs home run scene composition.

Go on, ALL CAPS...

IT IS A SPORT IN WHICH COMPETITORS SHAKE HANDS AND CONGRATULATE ONE ANOTHER AT THE CONCLUSION OF EACH AND EVERY ROUND, TOURNAMENT OR MATCH, WITHOUT FAIL.

Without fail!

Hey all caps, you left out the part where they take their hats off, too. The IRS needs to know that.

IT IS ALSO A SPORT THAT FAITHFULLY TEACHES EACH GENERATION OF PARTICIPANTS FROM THE EARLIEST AGE THAT ITS RULES ARE UNCOMPROMISABLE.

Uncompromisable! That's kind of, gulp, impactful in the context of the whole bifurcation discussion, no?

THESE ARE VALUES THAT PGA TOUR, INC.'S TOURING PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS LIVE BY AND DEMONSTRATE EVERY ROUND OF EVERY TOURNAMENT.

Who knew a Form 990 could be so maudlin?

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Reader Comments (9)

What is with the PGA Tour's obsession with capitalization? Did it all start with the shift key stuck in the down position on the secretary's typewriter back in the 1960s? Is it a branding exercise?
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
"Uncompromisable" - except for the whole lift-clean-and-place thing, aka "Winter Rules"
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoey5Picks
Uncompromisable? Does that include deer antler spray?
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVijay
Isn't the point that these claims are pretty hypocritical? Although some players call violations on themselves, I'm guessing that many do not, and that there are situations where even the "self-callers" do not. The lack of familiarity of Dustin Johnson and Tiger with the context for the application of at least some rules (i.e., whether you're in a sandy area or not) makes it clear that play is not proceeding under the rules some percentage of the time, whether: (a) players not on camera get called for violations or not, (b) the rules and precedential interpretations are too complicated for anyone to follow, understand and comply with completely or (c) the motivation is there to take advantage of permitted processes that may or may not apply. I understand this form 990 is the USGA's attempt to justify some status as tax exempt, so it needs to be written like this, but these claims are uncritically accepted in other contexts as well, when the emphasis on detailed rules forces the game as actually played away from literal or figurative compliance, certainly by weekend golfers and at least to some degree by professionals.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjds
That info there is from the form-990 of the PGA Tour, not the USGA.

Now there's an idea, the USGA!
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Thanks DTF. Freudian slip.....
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjds
You make a good point that a reasonably large number of rules violations, knowing or otherwise, are likely going undetected.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
So, if the rule must be followed, why is there never any slow play penalties?
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
And I'm not saying golf isn't better off with this ethic than say basketball or baseball. But my opinion is that fewer simpler rules, less legal hair splitting on the interpretations, and a harmless error rule where no advantage is gained would go a long way to seeing the game actually played by the rules. I think this about a lot of legal issues, too.
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjds

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