As I understand it, the PGA Tour is basically the property of the players themselves. It was set up to differentiate the guys who played golf for a living from the rest of the members of the PGA of America. It was the considered opinion of the Tour Players that the PGA of America was taking too much of the income from the tournaments.. So now we have a separate organization called the PGA Tour, which is only for players who are Tour Players. The players, in conjunction with the various managers they have hired, decide on what level of commitment any individual has to demonstrate to be a member of their "club".
If the players are independent contractors, how come there is a minimum number of tournaments they have to play each year? If they are independent, how come they have to get tour permission to play in conflicting events? If they are independent, how come they have to pay a rights fee to the tour when they appear on TV in a non-tour event? I guess I’m assuming there is going to be some entity to present the players, give them a platform. I just don’t know how much control the PGA TOUR should have on the talent if they do at all. I probably don’t know enough about the details to be commenting.😗