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SBD/October 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Thomas Bjorn Confirms European Tour Requiring Members To Play In Home Country
Published October 15, 2013
WORTH THE EFFORT? Golfer Brandt Snedeker in a recent Golf Magazine article called the PGA Tour's drug-testing program a "waste of time and money," as only two players have been caught using PEDs in the six years it has been in place. Golf Channel’s Tripp Isenhour said, “Golf is an honorable sport. Brandt makes a good point: We do call penalties on ourselves and police ourselves. That doesn’t mean that the world is pure as the wind-driven snow for the PGA Tour players. There might be some guys trying to bend the rules a little bit, but Brandt also talked about those players getting called out and they kind of have a scarlet letter around them.” Isenhour: “The players know of the ones trying to bend the rules" (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 10/14).
CHANGING THE CULTURE: PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua talked about his first year with the organization and said the goals he set forth during the year were designed to "change some of the culture, particularly at HQ, to make it a more accepting culture in terms of really welcoming ideas from anyone, at any level.” Bevacqua said, “We can get great ideas whether you have been at the PGA of America for a month and you’re 24-years old, or if you’ve been there for 30 years. Kind of welcoming opposing points of view and hopefully leading to better solutions." He added, “We feel that we have two primary purposes: To serve our PGA members and to grow the game. So every decision we make as staff, every recommendation we make to our officers and our board, absolutely needs to come back to those two critical functions” ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 10/15).