Voting for this year’s chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council ends on Tuesday, a normally unremarkable election which is interesting to only the most diehard Tour policy wonks.
This time, however, is different. This year’s PAC chair will ascend to a three-year term as a player director on the policy board and likely oversee the most dramatic transition on Tour in three decades.
Commissioner Tim Finchem’s current contract expires in June 2016 and a move last spring to promote Jay Monahan to deputy commissioner seemed to pave the way for a succession plan next year.
It’s why Davis Love III, 50, put his name in the hat to run for this year’s PAC chair, however reluctantly.
“I was chairman of the PAC the year [Finchem] was named commissioner ,” said Love, who has served four terms on the policy board. “Either way I’m going to be on the PAC the next couple of years to see the transition. It’s important to me, it’s important to [Finchem] to have guys on there that have experience in a transition time.”
Webb Simpson and Kevin Streelman also are running for PAC chair, and Love conceded he has considered the fact he will be 54 years old when his term on the policy board ends if he is elected to a fifth term.
“That was my first question to [Finchem] when he asked if I wanted to run again? I said, ‘I’m Champions Tour age.’ He said, ‘There’s no rule.’ . . . I think Webb Simpson or Kevin Streelman would be really good choices,” Love laughed.