O’Grady Says He’ll Appeal to Courts, Calls Beman a ‘Tin-Can Bureaucrat’
Golfer Mac O’Grady, despite having been slapped with a record suspension and fine, is not letting up in his feud with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman. “It’s about time I took this tin-can bureaucrat and cleaned his laundry in the federal courts,” O’Grady said in an interview Wednesday with KNBC-TV.
The outspoken O’Grady said he will appeal a six-tournament suspension and $5,000 fine handed him by Beman on Tuesday. The penalties were Beman’s response to bitter attacks against him by O’Grady as reported in newspaper interviews over recent months.
“The appeals process will last another 60 days,” O’Grady said. “Once that’s exhausted, then our next remedy is to certainly go into court and talk to the judge and find out from there exactly what our next best step will have to be. . . .
“I had a meeting with him (Beman) last week at Sea Pines Classic,” O’Grady said, referring to the tour’s latest stop. “We were in a room for about an hour, and he proceeded to use many profanities against me, saying that Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer and myself were all out to get him. . . . I said, ‘Deane, I’m not out to get you at all. I just feel that you’ve stepped on some Irish toes and I just feel that a lot of that has to stop.’ ”