Player mutiny has helped the Presidents Cup and is now hurting it

CHARLOTTE, NC (AFP) – The major turmoil in golf isn’t serving the Presidents Cup, which is already struggling for an identity as a global competition owned and operated by a single round.

But look at it another way.

Without a break, there probably wouldn’t even be a Presidents Cup.

The split caused by the arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf with the PGA Tour split from the US PGA more than 50 years ago, except for the involvement of lawyers and sentiments damaged in both, has little in common.

The short version of the rift from the late 1960s was the tour professionals’ desire for more control—particularly as corporate and television money started arriving—rather than the American PGA vetoing and catering to club professionals.

It became so controversial that Jack Nicklaus wrote an op-ed in Sports Illustrated in September 1968 — Roger Staubbach was on the cover that week — tearing down Leo Fraser, the PGA Secretary of America, accusing him of misleading the public.