“All we want is a conversation,” Gardiner said. “We’ve never been the enemy. But I can understand why we’ve been perceived as such. But we’d love to be friends. I’ve not had that opportunity so far. And I will be redoubling my efforts. We want to have a conversation in the best possible way to ensure they understand where we are coming from and why we are doing it and to ensure that nobody’s feelings will be hard done.”
It is difficult to envision the PGA Tour allowing someone to play 18 times on another circuit, as that is a requirement of the PGL.
“It’ll be interesting to see what the position is,” Gardiner said. “We have made an approach in the last 24 hours setting out our thoughts in the best possible way. We just want to have this conversation for these reasons and we think it’s workable.
“We will require those in the league to commit on a contractual basis as long as they are fit to play 18 in a season. We believe they are independent contractors, and as long as they turn up as required, we can assure them that this will be the best place. It’s been done in Formula One. It’s been done in tennis, other sports. Golf is one of the few sports left where fans and broadcasters and sponsors are left with a lottery as to who they are going to get.
“I do know the existing PGA Tour rules. The players will ultimately decide where they are going to play. There have been rumors of bans and not getting ranking points, but all individuals should have the right to choose how and when and where they work. These guys are professionals. If the PGA Tour changes its rules that allows them to remain members … we hope that would be feasible.”