Euro Tour officials hampered by UK tax rules

By Associated PressAugust 10, 2010, 7:10 pm

LONDON – European Tour officials are in talks with the British government to change tax rules which could deter leading golfers from playing in the Ryder Cup in October.

“These tax rules are discouraging leading sportsmen and sportswomen from competition in Britain,” Mitchell Platts, the tour’s director of public relations corporate affairs, said Tuesday.

Players competing in the match between Europe and the United States at Celtic Manor, Wales, could be seriously affected by recent rules issued by the customs and revenue agency, known as HMRC.

The agency can now tax foreign sportsmen and women not just on prize money earned but on sponsorship and endorsements connected to performances in Britain.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is among the sportsmen who have opted against competing in certain British events because of the rules implemented after HMRC won a landmark case four years ago against American tennis player Andre Agassi. Endorsement payments subsequently were liable for tax.

Non-British players competing in the Ryder Cup – from other European companies and the U.S. – would be harder hit since they receive no prize money from the event, and with just two months left before the match, the European Tour said it was concerned.

“Our aim is to attract the best players to provide the best entertainment for our audiences in the U.K. This tax rule is seriously hampering our efforts,” Platts said. “Discussions continue to take place with the HMRC and these discussions include the Ryder Cup.”

The Ryder Cup could yet be made exempt from the new rules, as the Olympic Games are. Next year’s Champions League final at Wembley was also accorded similar status in March but only after the stadium had lost out on a bid to host last season’s final because of tax issues.

Bolt, the Olympic and world champion in the 100 and 200 meters, said he would not be competing at the Crystal Palace meet this weekend because of the tax rules, which also are known to limit Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia’s appearances in Britain.

Agassi was ordered in 2006 to pay tax on a portion of cash paid to him by Nike and Head because he endorsed their products at Wimbledon and other events in Britain.

In the wake of that case, HMRC is now able to claim tax on a proportion of a sportsperson’s worldwide endorsements earnings. So if 50 percent of an athlete’s events are in Britain, 50 percent of their global endorsement earnings can be taxed.

Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association also expressed concern, saying the rules “`may act as a disincentive for world class – and emerging world class – sportsmen and women coming to compete here.”

HMRC defended the rules, saying the U.S., Australia and South Africa operate similar systems and that foreign residents in more than 100 countries can claim tax relief under double taxation agreements.

“It is only right that where someone comes to work in the U.K. and receives an income, that tax is paid on that income, where it is due,” the agency said. “Only the money the sports star earns in the U.K. that is connected to their performances in the U.K. is taxed.”

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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