Executives at Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., are known for their imperious approach to hot-button issues. They took a public relations beating while losing a high-profile court case against Casey Martin, men risked another black eye by appealing the decision. They oppose paying a stipend of $2,000 to players who miss cuts, an idea that Lehman and many other pros favor. Some players also think the growing Tour bureaucracy perpetuates itself at their expense. Commissioner Tim Finchem, his fellow administrators and even office staffers are rested in the Tour's pension plan after five years on the job, while players must earn their way in. The golfers aren't fully vested until they make 75 cuts.
"The union is a great idea," says Burke. "It's not a lynch mob. We just want more of a voice. As it is, you stand up at a players' meeting to ask the Tour brass a question, and you hear, We'll get back to you.' But they never do."