Lucas Glover: Golfers Shouldn't Have Majority on the Board; Businessmen Run Business

Glover expressed concern that the balance of power within the PGA Tour has shifted too far in favor of the players

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Lucas Glover: Golfers Shouldn't Have Majority on the Board; Businessmen Run Business
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PGA Tour leaders have reiterated their intentions many times to finalize the deal with PIF as soon as possible, aiming for PGA Tour and LIV Golf to start operating as one entity. However, there is growing concern among golf fans (those who support the merger) as negotiations have dragged on, and the latest piece of information in the series does not provide any reason for optimism. 

Namely, Jimmy Dunne, a significant figure in the PGA Tour, has decided to resign from his position on the board, considering that players outnumber independent directors. 

Dunne is unsure of having a notable role in the whole story, viewing himself as surplus. 

Dunne was part of the negotiations from the very beginning and advocated for unity to be achieved. His resignation has sparked a multitude of reactions, both from fans on social media and from current and former players. 

One of those who reacted is Lucas Glover, who will be competing in this week's PGA Championship. During the Sirius XM radio show, he expressed concern, believing that golfers should not be involved in business and such agreements, just as the opposite. Glover considers Dunne a crucial figure in this story, thinking that the situation is scary without him and some other important faces.

“We [golfers] have no business having the majority [on the board]. Tour players play golf. Businessmen run business. They don’t tell us how to hit seven irons. We shouldn’t be telling them how to run a business.

 We’re about to launch a huge, huge, huge enterprise and a for-profit company that all the players are gonna own a part of, and we don’t have the smartest possible people there to help us guide us in the right direction. That’s scary.”-Glover said, as reported by Golf Monthly.


Glover expressed concern that the balance of power within the PGA Tour has shifted too far in favor of the players, with the majority now being players rather than independent directors. He admitted to having been uncertain in the past about whether players should have a majority on the board. However, recent events, particularly over the last decade and especially in the last 18 months, have made him realize that there is a clear distinction between golfers and businessmen.

The dissatisfaction among golfers following last year's events regarding the merger has caused frustrations. Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, did not consult with the golfers, and most, if not all, were unaware of the merger option. The PGA Tour had to make new moves to involve the golfers in such a process. However, some now question whether the golfers are truly ready to negotiate with such prominent figures in the business world. It's obvious that people who are experts in that field are needed for it. Many share this opinion after all.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to THE PLAYERS Championship
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference prior to THE PLAYERS Championship© Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Sport
 

Glover emphasized the importance of recognizing this difference, stressing that individuals who primarily play golf for a living may not necessarily possess the expertise required to effectively manage a business. Glover believes that these individuals should reflect on their capabilities and responsibilities in guiding the direction of the PGA Tour, especially considering the departure of Jimmy Dunne, a key figure involved in the negotiations with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Dunne's resignation hasn't only produced Glover's reaction but also that of many other important figures in the golf scene. Dunne was someone expected to be part of these negotiations and, with his influence and negotiating abilities, persuade the other side that the merger is the best option. 

Rory McIlroy disappointed with the outcome: Dunne was an important figure

However, this situation does not inspire optimism that we will see these two Tours under the same flag anytime soon. Rory McIlroy has also expressed frustration, considering this a significant loss for everyone, especially for the PGA Tour. He is well aware of Dunne's qualities and his importance in the whole process. Now, reaching an agreement will be especially more challenging, given that the absence of such a figure could jeopardize what has been previously built.

"It's really, really disappointing, and you know, I think the tour is in a worse place because of it. We'll see. We'll see where it goes from here and we'll see what happens.."- Rory McIlroy said.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy© Patrick Smith/Getty Images Sport
 

Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, stated a month ago that he couldn't share more details about the merger, but he emphasized that both sides are open to negotiations and that a deal is likely to be reached. Things are changing quickly in the golf scene. Whether the deal will be finalized or not remains to be seen.

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