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PGA Tour Not Happy Turkish Airlines World Golf Final Coincides With Frys.com Open
Published October 9, 2012
NEW PRECEDENT: GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard reports the PGA Tour allowing players to compete in Turkey “is setting an interesting precedent," because by “giving them the release … they’ll have to play at least once in the Frys.com over the three years.” Golfer Steve Flesch said, “That’s a step forward from in the past where they get their release and they’re not required to come back and play the event that they got the release (from).” Flesch said “this is something new” but there is “still a big grey area in there where we’re allowing guys to basically go get appearance fees." Flesch: "At least now we have the repercussion of you got to come back and play the event.” Golf Channel’s Gary Williams said, “This is a high-profile barter deal ... between the commissioner’s office and some of his top players” ("Morning Drive," Golf Central, 10/9).
THE BIGGER PICTURE: In London, Kevin Garside wrote for the Republic of Turkey there is “a bigger play under way.” The business of “convincing the western world that Turkey is a secular state that can be trusted continues with its aggressive management of the Syrian crisis.” Garside: “Powerplays with Arab dictators in the Middle Eastern block is manifestly a risky business. Putting on a sporting event that projects a sugary image of sun sea and palm trees is not only safer and cheaper, but penetrates far quicker the consciousness of the common man” (London INDEPENDENT, 10/9).