I had not heard of all the details behind this until you brought it up here...thanks! The story is an amazing confluence of greed and questionable sponsors--and I can see why golfers would line-up to play...money matters!
And to Mickelson's point, I'm not sure there is a direct connection between the two. The PGA, like the NCAA, have ownership of individual rights of athletes that create significant revenues. And the individuals get nothing, while the professional overseeing organization gets it all. The advent of the digital age and revenue-producing media created this inequity (in the player's perspective.) Instead of threatening playing in a country where human rights violations are as numerous as the grains of sand covering most of their country, players could pull together and boycott events. That would gain much more public support and positive attention for their cause, IMHO.
But equating the suggestion (offered seemingly as a threat to the PGA)--"Give me some of the digital revenue and I won't play in Saudi Arabia" appears lacking. The fact is Saudi Arabia, as a country, openly and willfully, drowning out the rights of primarily women using religion as an excuse. The treatment of people in Saudi Arabia should be enough for a golfer to say, "No thank you" to the outlandish prize money they offer in their attempt to gain credibility and players. This is not new to Saudi Arabia--from soccer, to tennis to other international events, the enticement of big bucks for showing up in SA has delivered significant success in overcoming their human rights atrocities.
It's time golf should take a stand and say "No" to Saudi Arabia's tainted cash. And, as for Greg Norman, who is "CEO" of a Saudi sponsored golf group, the proof is in the Aussie's pudding...or bank account. Greg caved. Money matters a lot to the "Shark" -- even enough to sellout his integrity to front for a group of murderous thugs.
Thanks again for sharing! I put one of the better general videos on the issue here. All the best, love and blessings to you and yours,
Jessica (Of Course)