Tim Finchem - January 4, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 4, 2012, 1:16 pm

Tim Finchem is in his 18th year as the 3rd Commissioner of the PGA TOUR. Reflecting on the passing of Jim Huber, Finchem said that in the game of golf, 99.9% of everyone involved in golf are great people and the loss of Jim Huber is a particularly tough one because he was such a great person and his thoughts are with Huber’s family right now.

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has a Monday finish this year and he said that the PGA TOUR will be watching to see how this schedule works this week to determine any future Monday finishes. Going up against the NFL is always difficult but fortunately, because Golf Channel has a relationship with NBC Sports, the Monday finish works because the tournament will be able to be promoted on NBC during coverage of the NFL playoff games this weekend. The PGA TOUR is looking for many new ways to reach more viewers and 2012 will be a year in which they try a lot of new ideas.

There are many different factors to Monday finishes and TV ratings are not the only factor. A lot of the success of PGA TOUR events involves the ability of a tournament to draw galleries as well as corporate hospitality sponsors which often results in large charitable donations back into the respective communities. Finchem plans to look at all of these factors.

For the PGA TOUR, things are going very well in almost every way in 2012. Many different young players have risen into prominence over the past couple of years which have greatly helped the PGA TOUR along with the fact that there are a lot of really good veterans, namely folks like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. He does not like to look at a year in terms of problems. Instead, he looks at a year in terms of challenges. Starting the implementation of the new TV contract including expanded online and broadcast coverage is a challenge but it is also a great opportunity. Other great opportunities including growing the game worldwide through the 2016 Olympics as well as the new PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in South America.

There is a goal to raise $100 million this year for The First Tee program which will allow them to reach 10 million new young players and if we are successful, these 10 million new young players will in the future literally change the face of the game of golf which is a great opportunity.

On the news of no changes to the FedExCup format, Finchem said that the top discussion about the FedExCup has been the amount of volatility in the Playoffs. After varying results in 2007 and 2008 which caused some concern, the policy was changed in 2009 to success. The question is what is the right balance because you want the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to mean something in September but you still want the Playoffs have a good deal of significance as well which will result in rewarding strong performance in the postseason. The popularity of the current system of the FedExCup has played a big role in bringing players like Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy back to the PGA TOUR in 2012 so they can compete in the PGA TOUR Playoffs. He views it as a good thing that the FedExCup is being talked about whether it is positive or negative, noting that a lot of people do not like the BCS but they are still talking about it.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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