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January 03, 2013

Truth & Rumors: PGA Tour officials to work without contract

Posted at 12:35 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: PGA Tour, Truth & Rumors

PGA Tour officials will work at this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions without a contract, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

“We’re operating without an agreement as of Dec. 31st. They are (in Hawaii) right now and unless the Tour says otherwise they are going to work,” said Christian Dennie, an attorney with Fort Worth, Texas-based Barlow Garsek & Simon who represents the officials’ union. “These guys really take their job seriously and we’re going to try and help them as much as they can.”

After officials worked through 2012 on an extension of an earlier contract, negotiations for a 2013 deal came to a halt as the Tour and the union disagreed over many issues, including compensation and retirement plans.

PGA Tour officials, who are paid considerably less than MLB, NHL, and NBA referees, expect to gain support from Tour players, according to the report.

Tour officials with five years of service, for example, are paid considerably less ($103,000) than officials with similar levels of service in Major League Baseball ($133,000), the NBA ($124,000) and the NHL ($202,000).

The Tour officials anticipate at least some level of support from players, particularly following officiating snafus at the '11 and '12 PGA Championships, which does not use Tour officials.

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