Let's assume for the sake of argument that Tiger and Phil got some financial incentives to play the Greenbrier, so what, this is corportate America. A few other thoughts:
1. Phil shows up last year out of the blue. Are we saying that he got nothing there last year? He missed the cut then also. It's only an issue or valid accusation this year because Tiger played in it?
2. What's the real difference form several golfers flying all night on a chartered flight from the Open to play in Canadian Open? They all represent RBC.
3. Jim Justice and The Greenbrier are basically the same behind the tournament. What's the difference from him getting some help from Phil and Tiger later in support of the Greenbrier.
4. Look at all the players with Humana on their shirts. I bet every one played in that tournament.
I have a feeling that Tiger played the Greenbrier Classic this year and is now done with it. After the first round @ Greebrier, Tige admitted he was having a hard time reading the greens. Tiger will probably treat the Greenbrier Classic like the tournament at the Riviera CC and stay away.
It maybe too early to speculate, but I am hoping that Tiger plays the 2013 Hyundai Torunament of Champions. lol
Ref: a quote from tcnbtx-- "..so what, this is corpoate America...."
When I read these words earlier today, I interpreted them to mean conduct by corporate America is okay and totally acceptable because it is how the free market system works. Wrong!!! It has always amazed me how stupid Americans have become. But, perhaps, I have been a fool and gave my fellow Americans too much credit for common sense. For in America it is not "we the people that run the country" but corporations. For it was greed by the free market system within the banking world that in 2008 contributed towards the near total collapse of the American financial system. When I read the above words I saw Red because of my experience today with corporate America @ Macy's. Last night, on NBC nightly news there was a segment on the clothing for the American summer olympics team. I discovered that Macy's was selling Ralph Lauren's line of apparel for the USA team. However, when I checked guess what, Made in China. I said to a store security guy and a salesman "OMG, Ralph Lauren's USA team clothing is made in China. I am not buy any. " I left the store without making a purchase and instead will simply make a direct donation to help the USA team.
IMO, it matters how and what corporate America does, for corporations are entities that bear watching at all times by "we the people of the United States of America".
It most certainly matters what corporate America does! Every company has a social responsibility and the good news is that most companies have realized that it is also profitable behavior. Consumers care and companies are increasingly aware of that.
However, this does not mean that -- as an economy -- America would benefit from having all layers of production. Specialization is fundamental to any trading economy and as a mature economy America has most to gain from high-technology, research-intensive production. Apparel production does not fall in that category.
In the case of apparels for the US olympic team, the thing to do is to go to Ralph Lauren's website and check out their policy on Corporate Social Responsibility. There are also consumer groups that keep tabs on these things, so you could check out what they have found. Just do some research on how RL work with suppliers, form your own opinion and make your voice heard -- either directly to RL or via consumer groups. If you speak with your legs (walking out of the store empty-handed), some high-paid American jobs may disappear since the high-tech portion of the garment (such as design and fabric research) is likely located in the US.