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TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY: IS RESOLUTION TO RYDER DEBATE NEARING?

          PGA of America CEO Jim Awtrey was interviewed by CBS'
     Jim Nantz during the third round of the PGA Championship
     Saturday and said that his organization "was prepared to
     accommodate" the players' request to allocate a portion of
     Ryder Cup revenues to charities of their choice.  Awtrey:
     "We've said we're going to work on this over the next few
     months.  By the end of the year we'll have a plan to
     accomplish that."  Awtrey: "In my opinion, listening to the
     players ... there is no issue over pay-for-play.  This is
     put to bed.  It is not an issue.  We're going to work on
     charitable contributions" ("PGA Championship," CBS, 8/14).  
          FALLOUT: Phil Mickelson, asked to confirm a report that
     he "requested" a payment of $800,000 for each player: "It's
     not accurate, but it's not far.  That was not my solution. 
     The solution was to let (the PGA) decide the dollar amount
     and whatever they came up with was fine" (BOSTON HERALD,
     8/16).  Lanny Wadkins said Mickelson was the "worst" at last
     week's meeting at Medinah.  (BOSTON HERALD, 8/14).  Davis
     Love III noted that the money goes to support PGA club pros:
     "They operate the pro shops that also market the equipment
     the tour players endorse.  That's a big source of income to
     the guys who play the tour" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/14). 
     In DC, Leonard Shapiro wrote that several agents noted that
     many players "have financial incentive clauses in their
     equipment and clothing endorsement contracts for making" the
     Ryder Cup team (WASHINGTON POST, 8/15).  Paul Azinger said
     the play-for-pay issue has nothing to do with charity:
     "That's bull.  It wasn't about charity at first.  That's
     just spin control" (STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/14).  Brad Faxon, who
     is against compensation: "I know I'm not going to make any
     friends over this. .... It's just hard to be sympathetic
     with these guys when there are people sitting home not
     making 8 million a year" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/15).
          THE MOTIVATION? In Atlanta, Furman Bisher wondered why
     some of the players would seek compensation for playing in
     the Ryder Cup and wrote that the most "logical" reason is
     that they "resent the money which they generate going to the
     PGA of America" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/14).  In N.Y.,
     Frank Hannigan wrote that the players "don't trust" the PGA
     or the PGA Tour, and wrote, "It is but an early skirmish in
     what will probably become a war not to be contained without
     a shakeout of the game's principal powers" (N.Y. TIMES,
     8/15).  In Boston, Joe Gordon speculated that the PGA of
     America will eventually be "forced to compromise and direct
     more of the profits to the PGA Tour, where a percentage of
     the revenue already is earmarked" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/15).  On
     "The Sports Reporters," Mike Lupica said, "It has never been
     a charity issue.  This is the agents.  This is IMG talking
     for [Tiger] Woods and [David] Duval: 'How can we get off the
     hook?  I know -- we'll make it sound like it's all for the
     kids.'"  John Feinstein: "If you're asked to do a job, then
     you should be paid for that job. ... But for them to bring
     it up now and to bring it up publicly, it makes them all
     look bad" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 8/15).
          CHOOSING SIDES: In Orlando, Larry Guest, on players
     supporting play-for-pay: "Somebody please tell them they
     can't win public favor with this churlish stance" (ORLANDO
     SENTINEL, 8/15).  In Jacksonville, Mike Bianchi wrote to
     "spare me the charity talk.  You know and I know this isn't
     about the merciful among us. ... My country tis of thee. 
     Sweet land of appearance fee" (TIMES-UNION, 8/15).  But in
     St. Paul, Jim Caple wrote that it's "un-American [to
     suggest] the people who generate all that revenue shouldn't
     have a voice in what happens to the money" (PIONEER PRESS,
     8/15).  In Baltimore, John Eisenberg writes that Woods and
     Duval "deserve to make more than" the $5,000 they will get
     playing in the Ryder Cup, "but to complain about it just
     weeks after ABC handed them" $1.4M for the "Showdown at
     Sherwood" is the "definition of greed" (SUN, 8/16).  

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