"Vijay Singh’s admission...affords the tour a wide-open window to let in transparency and public accountability."
Vijay Singh will serve his time but the bigger issue will be how the PGA Tour and other governing bodies handle this. If history serves as a guide, this will be handled with as little transparency as possible and only give the sport more of a black eye. (Though the tour does announce drug policy violations.)
Still, Karen Crouse asks the questions that need to be asked in the NY Times:
Unlike the major professional sports leagues and even the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours, the PGA Tour has steadfastly refused to announce fines or suspensions. Tour officials do not publicly acknowledge discipline meted out for acts like throwing a club into the gallery, blowing off a mandatory players meeting, getting into an on-course altercation with another player or walking off the course without finishing a round.
Their reasoning is that in the vast majority of cases few people know about the original transgression, so why broadcast it to the masses? How about to send a clear message to players that there is no place in the game for these behaviors? Or to show tour members that they will be held publicly accountable for their misbehavior, which can itself serve as a strong deterrent?
**If you have 15 minutes and need the agony, check out Vijay buddy Tom Pernice's Morning Drive interview where he demonstrates all of the worst attributes of the culture Crouse takes on in the above piece. And nice job by the Morning Drive team in questioning Pernice.