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Jack Supports The Governing Bodies

Ryan Lavner, on Jack Nicklaus' comments from today's Honda Classic telecast appearance.

Not music to Tim Finchem's ears:

“It may be to some of the fellas’ detriment, one way or the other, but what I think the ultimate decision should be is the ruling bodies of golf and not the Tour.”

He also spoke at length about Rory McIlroy, as quoted in this unbylined story at

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Wait a minute here Jack. I respect your stance on having a single rule making body for the game and doing as TPTB say. Yet you neglected to mention the little 'ole "Player Revolt" in the late 60's where you, Arnie, and a bunch of notables led the movement and successfully broke away from the PGA of America and their silly little "rues" concerning PGA membership and such. You got your cake back then...and was lucky enough to eat it.

The more things change, the more they stay the same....or at least wrap around to the point no one notices the hypocrisy/hubris. Happens everywhere.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
I admit johnnycz that I don't know anything about the episode you mentioned, but I do see the USGA and R&A as different from the PGA of America. With regard to what he said yesterday, I'm in agreement with Jack on the anchoring and other things that may follow. The tours should take their lead from the USGA & R&A and little Timmy shouldn't overstep his bounds.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
The divorce of the PGAT from the PGA was not remotely the same. Among other things the "silly little rules" of the time did not allow Jack to play on a Ryder Cup team until 1969, by which time he had won 9 Major Championships (7 as a professional). Absurd doesn't even come close to describing that state of affairs. The Rules of Golf are completely distinct from the Rules of Status as a Professional Golfer or Golf Professional. By Jack's time (and Arnie's for that matter) the former and latter had diverged completely.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Arnie, Jack and posse fled the PGA of America for one simple reason, the PGA of America kept changing the "rules" weekly. Specifically the one having to do with how many PGA of America "club pros" could enter an event each week. You see back in those days the tournament players division, not the club pro division, drove themselves to each event. Arnie and Jack did not have their own private leer jets. Because the players within the tournament players division were driving from event to event, there became a huge rift between the club pro division and the tournament players division when any given week the PGA of America would increase the number of club pros eligible to play each week. So if you were a player in the tournament players division and had driven say Chicago to New York thinking you were in the next weeks event only to arrive in New York to find out the PGA of America had suddenly increased the number of club pros eligible that week and you were subsequently bumped from the event, out gas, food and hotel money I think one could quickly see the divide coming within the PGA of America concerning the tournament players division pitted against the club pro division.

Arnie, Jack and the tournament players division broke away. The tournament players division was later renamed to PGA TOUR. The tournament players division incorporated as a non-profit. The organizations mission statement: To substantially increase the playing and earning opportunities of professional golfers. This new organizations mission statement is reflective as to the tournament players division broke away from the PGA of America. The PGA of America was decreasing playing opportunities for this division as well as decreasing the amount of money played for each week because the PGA of America was pocketing a very good percentage of the money each week.

Easy to understand why Arnie, Jack and posse took their ball and started something new.
Read Deane Beaman: Golf's Driving Force by Adam Shupak, it's excellent on the topic of the Tour - PGA split.

KLG is right, not remotely the same.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterF. X. Flinn
The tournament players division incorporated as a non-profit. The organizations mission statement: To substantially increase the playing and earning opportunities of professional golfers.

Pretty much sums up why the tour would COMMENT against the anchoring ban
03.4.2013 | Unregistered Commenter20/20 rearview
thanks for a good summary PGA of AB
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
"Arnie and Jack did not have their own private leer jets."

Arnold Palmer most certainly did have his own private leer. Jet.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom
jack supports ban. Way classy.
Jack thinks Tiger needs to get going. Always will be number one
Jack is a family man. See, what a role model.
Jack designs garbage for decades. What a hack. Players think they know everything
Jack bankrupts part of his companies, while protecting the profitable few. Boy, that Donald Trump is a bad guy.
Jack uses any avenue to get sons in golf tournaments they cannot earn their way in to. Well, he is a family guy.
Jack withdraws at his own course in New Orleans while citing "hip" problem. That Tiger and Rory should be ashamed

Ok, which is it? :)
03.5.2013 | Unregistered Commenter20/20 rearview

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