Between the AP and ESPN's Outside The Lines (Part I, Part II, Part III) reports on golf's 'mostly white' image, IB18 editors needed to comment. Our take:
If a racist perception is the problem for the PGA then it wouldn't hurt them to provide perhaps at least 3 exemptions to african-american players (amateur and/or professional) at each of its events, in the same fashion that the Northern Trust Open had the Charlie Sifford exemption at its tournament this year. In addition, more PGA players (of all races) should be taken to task on this and use their popularity to address this issue (ie: hold clinics for minorities, community outreach, etc...)
Golf manufacturers and retailers also have a responsibility to attract African-Americans and this can be addressed through EEOPs (Equal Employment Opportunity Programs) at their respective stores and companies. If the face of golf needs to change on tour then it would make sense that it should change at the point-of-sale as well.
It would perhaps also increase the comfort level of alienated African-Americans wishing to take up the sport.