Finchem hints he may not be ready to step down in '16


ATLANTA – By almost every measurement the PGA Tour enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in 2014-15.

According to Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who gave his annual “State of the Tour” press conference on Wednesday at East Lake, the average television broadcast ratings are up 20 percent and the circuit signed long-term sponsorship deals this year with AT&T, Travelers, Waste Management and Wyndham.

With that kind of “bullish” outlook, one would think Finchem would be comfortable stepping down next June when his current four-year contract expires.

Some have speculated that Finchem, 68, would step down from the post he’s held since 1994, particularly after the Tour named Jay Monahan deputy commissioner in 2014.

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But on Wednesday at the Tour Championship, Finchem indicated he still may have work to do before leaving the commissioner’s office.

“That decision isn’t really too hinged on the general flow of how we are doing,” Finchem said. “We have two or three projects here on the horizon and it’s more of a question of how far into those projects I want to stick with it?”

The policy board would have to approve any extension to Finchem’s contract and that group only has one meeting remaining this year.

“We’ll work through it the first half of next year,” Finchem said.