James Hahn Calls Out the PGA Tour’s Hypocrites and Frauds

James Hahn
James Hahn reacts during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 7, 2018 in Memphis, TN. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

James Hahn is running hot on Twitter and not holding back his opinions on what he feels is blatant hypocrisy of the PGA Tour’s executives and stars.

The 41-year-old, who represented the tour membership on the Player Advisory Council until the end of 2022, is accusing PGA Tour superstars of a money grab – the same stars who loudly criticized LIV Golf over money (see Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy).

“I mean, I hate them [PGA Tour changes],” Hahn told Golfweek. “I’m gonna say exactly what 99.99 percent of fans said about players leaving for the LIV Tour.

“If our players just said, ‘We’re doing this for the money,’ I would have a lot more respect for them.

“But how they’re covering up what they’re doing and trying to make it a thing about sponsors and fans and saving opposite-field events.

“I think that’s all BS.

“All the big names that are talking about this ‘new product,’ if you just came out and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this for the money,’ they want more guaranteed money and this is another way to funnel more money to the top players in the world, I’d have a lot more respect for them.

“Right now, they’re just covering their a** and saying everything that the PGA Tour basically has trained them to say, have taught them to say and try to make it not about money when everyone knows one-hundred percent it’s about more guaranteed money being funneled to the top players in the world.

“We’ve been talking about money for the last two years and for them not to say that that’s not the number one reason why they’re making these changes – it’s very, very hypocritical.”

James Hahn
James Hahn tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village GC on June 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

World No. 219 Peter Malnati, who replaced Hahn on the board and has voted along with the stars, was also a target of Hahn.

“When I see Peter I’m going to tell him exactly what Lanto Griffin told me when I was put in that position and my mind was swayed by the executives on the board,” Hahn added.

“He said, ‘You were put there for a reason to voice the opinion of the majority of the players on the PGA Tour.’

“If he doesn’t have enough balls to sack up and vote no against it then I don’t want him on the board. We picked the wrong guy. He was put there to argue our side of the discussion.

“It’s gonna pass regardless but if he doesn’t have enough balls to vote against it and take the stance that I did and stand up for what he believes in, then he shouldn’t be on the board.

“We don’t need another [yes] person like that on the board if you can’t stick up for us. Let’s be honest, it would have passed, they had enough votes to pass. It’s just a cop-out to prevent the media, yourself, Alan Shipnucks [far left media hacks] of the world from asking him why he voted no.”

Hahn also gave fans an inside peek at how the star system works on the board:

“After my first year on the board, I wanted to resign because I didn’t feel like my voice was being heard,” he said. “I felt that they were listening to Jordan Spieth, which granted, he’s very, very smart, very well-spoken.

“He articulates his words in a way that I could never and he gets his message across. He’s a very likable person in those meetings. On and off the course, I have nothing but the most respect for Jordan.

“But you can see how when he talks that everyone’s eyes in the room just glimmer like he’s the prom queen, and everyone wants to ask her out for the dance.

“When Jordan would talk to an executive in the board meetings, that (independent director) started blushing, ‘Oh, my gosh, Jordan’s talking to me. How awesome is this?’

“Where do we go from here? I don’t know. I’m outspoken. These are my opinions. I’m just trying to make the Tour better.

“But I don’t see how taking care of the top players in the world and not taking care of the bottom players on our Tour unites us all to want to be better.”

Hahn is also a critic of the media and points out its duplicitous agenda.


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