In his season-ending “State of the PGA Tour,” commissioner Tim Finchem said he was confident players would add to their traditional schedules despite the 11th hour tabling of a proposal that would have forced players to diversify their dance cards.
Specifically Finchem was asked whether he thought Tiger Woods would add to his schedule in 2011?
“From talking to a wide range of players that there's going to be an extensive effort by players to shake up their schedule a little bit,” Finchem said. “Tiger has not had a lot of movement in his schedule for about 10 years, but his overall presence as a player who is chasing big records and a perennial No. 1 player, now No. 2, is that he increases interest across the board in the sport, whether he's playing or not, actually.”
Woods plans to move into his new south Florida digs in the first quarter of next year which, some have speculated, may prompt him to play the nearby Honda Classic in March. The only time Woods has played the Honda was in 1993 as an amateur.
Although the designated tournament proposal was voted down by the Policy Board last month, in the waning weeks of the season Tour officials were actively pressing players for their ’11 schedules and whether they planned to add any events that they normally wouldn’t play.
“I might not add to my total (next year),” Stewart Cink said last week at the Chevron World Challenge. “My oldest (son) is a senior so I would probably just trade an event I normally play for something else. I usually play the same number of events (between 22 and 26). That won’t change.”
Earlier last week Player of the Year Jim Furyk echoed Cink’s comments.
Despite Finchem’s optimism, top players may mix up their schedules next year but it will likely come at the expense of an event they used to play. Seems “designated tournaments” gave way to the “burrowing form Peter to pay Paul” proposal.