Mr. Monahan, sir, there are Barbarians At The Gate, what do you want us to do?
Maybe that wasn’t the exact message passed on to PGA Tour Commish Jay Monahan (aka The Sheriff Of Nottingham) but it’s a pretty accurate description of what’s going on with not one, but two rival golf leagues wanting what the PGA Tour has — the best players in the world.
You may or may not recall that Andy Gardiner was roaming the grounds of the PGA Tour headquarters this past march, seeking a personal audience with The Sheriff (aka Commish Jay Monahan) to present his case for a friendly alliance between the PGA Tour and his upstart Premier Golf League.
A quick note — the Premier Golf League idea actually preceded this proposed LIV Series backed by the dirty-money Saudis and it was, indeed, an idea stolen by those evil Saudis.
Well, you may or may not recall that poor Andy, the Premier League CEO, got the bum’s rush from Monahan — there would be no meeting.
So Andy took matters into his own hands and decided to do an end run around The Sheriff. He constructed a letter to those player/members of the PGA Tour Policy Board, which he titled: “Call To Action.”
First, perhaps CEO Andy didn’t take into consideration that the fellas from the Tour on the policy board are pretty loyal soldiers, their Chairman is Colonel Rory McIlroy. Rory read and acted upon this request in CEO Andy’s letter:
“As a member of the tour, I instruct you to obtain and publish an independent valuation of the PGL proposals.”
So Colonel McIlroy undertook CEO Andy’s challenge.
“We had Allen and Company (third party, independent evaluation team) present to the board in Orlando about the PGL proposal. They don’t think $10 billion by 2030 is feasible at all. They said you’d need to create 20 Ryder Cups a year from now until then to get to that number,” said Colonel McIlroy.
Board member Kevin Kisner added to McIlroy’s response with this observation: “the results were presented to us: not feasible.’’
Well, CEO Andy and his cronies had a one word response:
Actually, that was the phrase used in a letter of response to the Allen and Company study . The letter in part, read:
“This is technically known as ‘bullshit.’”
The letter went on to state that Allen & Co, an investment bank, has never spoken to the group, nor had access to the information it would need to produce an accurate valuation. To counter the claims, the group suggests hiring independent experts to produce an independent valuation, and asks members to contact the PAC to force it to do so.
Hmm, sounds like The Barbarians are ready to gather their barristers.
Appears as though there’s an argument over who can and who cannot be deemed an “independent evaluator” for this situation.
And yes, it’s now a situation, adding to the already existing “situation” that being headed by The Lamest Commissioner In The Land (aka Greg Norman).
The problem now is that there is perhaps only room for one Band Of Barbarians.
And it’s not like The Lamest Commissioner In The Land (aka Greg Norman) wants to or would even consider becoming an ally of Andy Gardiner and his Premier Golf League.
So perhaps The Barbarians can first duke it out amongst themselves and let the winner continue pounding at the gates of the PGA Tour castle.
Perhaps the best suggestion:
Bring lawyers, guns and money.
Breaking News: Seems Phil Mickelson had gambling losses in the neighborhood of $40 million over the four-year period from 2010-2014. It’s one of the revelations in Alan Shipnuck’s upcoming book “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar.” Lefty’s gambling losses were revealed back during the Billy Walters insider-trading investigation when the Feds conducted a hard look at Lefty’s finances.
The excerpt from Shipnuck’s book reads:
“According to a source with direct access to the documents, Mickelson had gambling losses totaling more than $40 million in the four-year period (2010–14) that was scrutinized. In those prime earning years, his income was estimated to be just north of $40 million a year. That’s an obscene amount of money, but once he paid his taxes (including the California tariffs he publicly railed against), he was left with, what, low-20s? Then he had to cover his plane and mansion(s), plus his agent, caddie, pilots, chef, personal trainer, swing coaches and sundry others. Throw in all the other expenses of a big life — like an actual T. Rex skull for a birthday present—and that leaves, what, $10 million?”
It was also inferred that money was part of the equation that ended the Phil-Bones, Player-Caddie team. The two split in 2017 — here’s the excerpt from Shipnuck’s book on that break-up, one that Phil described as “amicable”:
“That was nonsense. Bones had fired Phil at the ’17 Memorial, over a series of simmering grievances, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in overdue back pay.”
No wonder Lefty’s eyeballing the LIV Series.