We talked a little bit last week about how Adam Scott hired Boston-area lawyer Harry Manion to represent him in the anchored putter ban decision. Manion announced that Scott would be joining his collection of clients, which includes Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson.
"I talked to him today, and he felt like it was the right time [to announce his participation in the group]," Manion said.
But what does "participation in the group" actually mean?
Scott clarified that a little bit on Wednesday at the Memorial. Quoted by the Associated Press, he said he isn't suing the PGA Tour or anything outlandish like that.
"My intention is just to get all the information given to me possible from the PGA Tour,'' he said. ''And just really, for me, like anyone else in a business, to have some professional guidance on this issue."
I think that's totally fair. If somebody came into your profession and said, "Hey, you might not be able to do this thing you used to do that made you really good at what you do," you'd get a lawyer, too.
Scott continued, saying he has no plans of proactive legal action -- only that he wants to keep his options open.
"I don't think I have the ability to get that [information] or ask the right questions, necessarily. I'm not a lawyer. And that's not my area of expertise. So I just want to get that information and make sure that my views are expressed to the Tour, and that's that. There's no intention of filing suit or making problems.''
People hear the word "lawyer," and I think it immediately conjures up a negative reaction toward that player when the reality is Scott is just trying to protect himself. He's not trying to glean money from the organization that has already given him a lot of it.
''This is a business, and I'm treating it professionally, and I have professional counsel to do that. I'm sure the Tour has professional counsel when they make decisions about things or the USGA or R&A, for that matter. They wouldn't do this without professional help, either, so that's all it is.''
Fair and fair.
I'm just bummed that it has come to this.