Golfers urge independent PGA audit

Senior players, including Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal are looking to find out how efficiently the Tour is being run, amid a feeling they are being left in the dark.

The meeting follows the completion of this year’s PGA order of merit, won by Lee Westwood after finishing runner-up at the American Express Championship in Spain last weekend.

However, a PGA spokesman told Accountancy Age the Tour’s books – which are audited by Grant Thornton – had always been made available to the public and that the players had not yet confirmed which firm would carry out the independent audit.

He added: ‘We responded positively to the players’ request by seeking not only the identity of the independent auditor but also a suitable date for a meeting. We categorically deny we gave any indication that we would deny reasonable access to the books’.

A Grant Thornton spokesman said: ‘The issues raised concerning the PGA European Tour are a matter for our clients and its members to discuss.’

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