10 May Tough Talker

Tom Pernice doesn’t care what you think. It’s not a normal quality in a person, and it’s a particularly uncommon trait on the PGA Tour, where most of the players are dutiful meaning they are polite and say the expected thing.

Pernice, who’s playing the best golf of his long career, says whatever he’s thinking, just like his political mentor, Rush Limbaugh, who has become a friend. Pernice, a former member of the Tour’s policy board, regularly criticizes Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour commissioner, for being “afraid of conflict” and for “surrounding himself with people who aren’t willing to challenge him, which I consider a sign of weakness.” …..

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