Tim Finchem, Ty Votaw, and the mainstream golf media — as well as the R&A — have made Donald Trump the most important story in golf this year.
The world according to Tim Finchem, Ty Votaw, and the golf media?
What the demon said, concerning people illegally entering our nation:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. [Applause] Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Okay, so Trump said people entering the country illegally often go on to commit other crimes. Not all of them, but some of them. The media reported that as, for example, “Donald Trump’s ‘Mexican rapists’ rhetoric will keep the Republican Party out of the White House” (Washington Post). What Trump said was that too often the illegals coming into our nation were associated with drugs and other crimes and, yes, even rape. (A factually correct statement. See this.)
Is that an indictment of Mexicans or Hispanics? Of course not. But the lockstep media has decided Trump is “evil,” so twists and distorts and lies in their rush to condemn him.
[Why does the media fear Trump? He represents change, and they desperately want to maintain the status quo, where the media pushes politically-correct narratives instead of reporting factual news. Golf fans certainly got their fill of narrative pushing the past seven years.]
The golf media and PGA Tour execs are just as eager in their desire to sink Trump as the political media.
For example, the PGA Tour website posted an article with this sentence in it:
The PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America said Wednesday that Trump’s views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate.
Okay, an organization that obsesses over whether a ball moved or just “oscillated,” that looks at slo-mo replays to see if Zac Blair’s club touched his abdomen when chipping, this organization can’t make a distinction between “Mexican immigrants” and “illegal immigrants”?
How stupid do they think we are?
Clearly they are lying in an attempt to bring down Trump. Or, perhaps, they are lying about Trump out of fear of being seen as politically incorrect. Which of those two is worse you can decide for yourself. I think the latter.
“While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA do not usually comment on presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
Right. Criticizing lawbreakers is inconsistent with the mores of golf. Golf, where players are expected to call penalties on themselves. Yup, those guys have no problem whatsoever with sneaking into a nation illegally.
Finchem and the PGA Tour are effectively saying to the people on the waiting lists to enter the United States legally: Screw you! Suckers!
“The PGA of America has moved its Grand Slam of Golf from Bermuda to Trump National Los Angeles.”
Actually, they ended up cancelling it. Brilliant work, Finchem!
More recently, about a month ago, the PGA Tour was at it again:
The Tour said that after the conclusion of the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championships at Trump National Doral, it will consider other sites for the tournament.
The suggestion that the Tour could move the event follows a global backlash over Trump’s anti-Muslim comments.
“We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf. The PGA Tour has had a 53-year commitment to the Doral community, the greater Miami area and the charities that have benefited from the tournament. Given this commitment, we are moving forward with holding the 2016 event at the Blue Monster. Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event’s future.”
Okay, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the U.S. in the wake of the Paris and San Bernadino terrorist attacks. Maybe you agreed, maybe you didn’t. Fifty-five percent of the public agreed with him. (I tend to disagree, but I’m secure enough in my intellect to hear out opposing views. Finchem and the golf media seem to hold the view, “I disagree. You must be silenced!”)
So, why exactly is Trump a pariah for raising the issue? Are we at a point where a view held by the majority of Americans is unacceptable for public discussion and debate? Agree or disagree, this is America, not the old Soviet Union.
But don’t tell that to Tim Finchem. Donald Trump raising a view held by 55 percent of Americans offended Finchem’s sensibilities. Trump must be taught a lesson!
The shrill overreaction to Trump stands in stark contrast to the Finchem and the PGA Tour’s treatment of Tiger Woods. What did the diety Tiger Woods say back in 2009? Well, I’m not going to repeat it. It’s sickening. You can do a search for “Deadspin Tiger Woods sexting.” It has to do with slapping, biting, choking women. So how did Finchem react? A suspension? Booting Woods off the Tour? No, by inviting Woods to give a scripted apology speech at TPC Sawgrass (during WGC Match Play week…). I guess Finchem felt Woods’s comments didn’t offend women (or those of us with wives and sisters and daughters and granddaughters).
[A few years later, we had the revelation from Terez Owens that Woods’s name was on the Biogenesis customer list. Finchem’s PGA Tour poster boy was doping? Wow, if Trump’s comments offended Finchem, surely he would have been irate about Biogenesis. No. All we got was crickets.]
So to sum up. Trump is a horrible human being for expressing ideas with which the majority of Americans agree. Woods deceived the world for ten years, got busted, said sickening things about women, and Finchem found that hunky-dory:
“He’s our No. 1 player. Obviously, we want him back. We want him in the game.”
That was in March 2010. Now this from September 2010:
“There isn’t any question that when you have not just the No. 1 player on Tour but the most dominating player in history, you want him playing because it makes a lot of things work a lot better.”
Look, here’s the bottom line: The golf media is very selective in what it finds outrageous. Trump is a demon; Woods is a deity. Not surprisingly, the golf media’s outrage stays dutifully within the bounds of Political Correctness.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the golf media didn’t all walk in lockstep?
So why is Trump the biggest story in golf? Because he shows, in boldface type, the problem with the golf media. They monolithically supported Tiger Woods. Now they monolithically seek to undermine Donald Trump. One could say arbitrarily, but that would be inaccurate. The guiding light is political correctness.
Oh, and one other thing… Trump just might become president. A guy who carries a 4-handicap and owns Doral. Think that would give golf a kick in the pants? Talk about “making golf cool.”