Finchem Addresses Change Doesnt Alter Augusta Stance

By Mercer BaggsOctober 30, 2002, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)ATLANTA ' PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced several changes in his annual State of the Tour address Wednesday at East Lake Golf Club, site of this week's Tour Championship, but one thing that didnt change was his stance on the Augusta National debate.
Theres going to be a tournament at Augusta, The Masters, and its going to be on CBS television, and our players are going to go play, Finchem said. What else happens, Im not going to speculate on that.
Martha Burk, National Council of Womens Organizations chairperson, has urged the commissioner to stop recognizing the Masters Tournament as a major championship, as well as the prize money earned, until the club accepts a female member.
While we appreciated and respected her position, and we do, thats just something for all factors considered that we were not prepared to do. So we have been very clear on that, Finchem said.
In his statement, issued Aug. 20 to Burk, Finchem said: Since the PGA Tour does not cosponsor the Masters Tournament and does not have a contractual relationship with the Masters as it has with its cosponsored events, we are unable to require Augusta National to implement our host club policy with respect to the Masters.
After having considered this matter, we have concluded that we must continue to recognize the Masters Tournament as one of professional golfs major championships.
Despite numerous prompts, Finchem didnt want to further discuss the Augusta matter Wednesday. He did, however, address several other items in his press conference, including major alterations in the Senior and Buy.Com Tours.

Nationwide TourNationwide Insurance will sponsor the developmental tour for the next five years, starting in 2003. What started out as the Hogan Tour, and has been sponsored by Nike and Buy.Com, will now be known as the Nationwide Tour.
The Senior Tour will also have a new name next season. It will be called the Champions Tour.

Champions TourI think there is a realization by more and more companies, and I suppose by all of us, that unlike perhaps in the past, nobody considers themseleves a senior anymore, said Finchem, who added the change was made primarily to extend the PGA Tour brand.
The best way to do that, and how we want to characterize the broader scope of people on this tour, we felt champions resonated better than seniors.
Both tours will have their new names in their logos while incorporating the traditional PGA Tour swinging logo.
In addition to the name changes, Finchem said the average minimum purse for Nationwide events will be upped just shy of the $500,000 range. He also said that there would be further discussions on the issues of cart usage and age requirements for the Champions Tour at a later date.
He did say that there would be changes in 2003 to allow more past PGA Tour winners on the elder circuit, and that the tournament schedule would be reduced to 30-32 events next year.
We dont want to play up against the major championships and the World Golf Championships if we can avoid it, he said.
As for the primary circuit, Finchem said the PGA Tour would be fully sponsored in 2003, and the number of tournaments would basically stay the same. There were 49 events on the 2002 calendar, and Finchem expects 48 next year, with no event held opposite the American Express Championship.
The tour will release next seasons schedule in a couple of weeks. Finchem wouldnt go into detail as to which tournaments were saved by new sponsors and which ones were sacrificed, but did say Disney was safe and the future of the Greater Hartford Open was still up for debate.
On the business front, we are obviously in an extremely difficult environment, he said. It is the most difficult environment we have been in since the 1990-91 recession.'
Still, Finchem said the tour would continue to grow financially, thanks in part to the addition of major corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, Wachovia and Kinkos.
I think our official money is $199 million this year, give or take a few dollars, and it will be about $225 next year, and it will grow on the following three years to about $360 to $380, in that range, he said.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.