opps. I meant to say Tour in both sentences. The Bishop letter refers to both.
They don't really have any more right to a say than any other golf organization.
Why? Why should a group which is composed of only a few hundred players (and an infinitessimal percentage of the whole golfing world) have any more say than anyone else. It's irrelevant that they happen to be pretty good players - that may allow them the opportunity to all be millionaires, but it still doesn't give them the right to set the rules. There are pretty good players in Europe, in Australia, in Japan, and others scattered around the world. Why aren't you speaking up for their "rights"? Your opinion sounds like the opinion of a homer.
I think Bishop meant a more meaningful seat than before, not a more meaningful seat than the PGA of Japan or whoever.
I was explaining why I think the PGA Tour might reasonably expect to be consulted--not consulted more than any other particular group. I think the logistical hurdles of consulting every single golfer in the world would be significant. So it makes sense to look to representative organizations for input. The PGA of America claims to be the largest sports organization in the world and the PGA Tour is, at least in some ways, the most influential golfing organization. Both would be significantly impacted by rule changes. So yeah, I think it is reasonable for them to expect to be consulted. Particularly since it seems like they both reached out to the USGA and expressed an interest in the topic.
Ultimately, Erik is probably right that they don't actually have a bigger seat at the table, but Bishop wanted to claim victory for his efforts.
For the record, the PGA Tour already has representation on the USGA Rules Committee, and the European Tour already has representation on the R&A Rules Committee. And the PGA Tour Rules officials and European Tour Rules officials work closely together.
The PGA and the USGA do cooperate in presenting the Rules of Golf Workshops in the US, and do a great job.
However, I doubt that Mr. Bishop (PGA, not PGA Tour) made many friends at the USGA with his bombastic news releases and statements.
Good info, thanks!