Finchem says Tampa Bay Championship still sponsorless

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NORTON, Mass. – Reading between the lines of some of PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s comments on Wednesday, it appears he isn’t overly optimistic about soon finding a title sponsor for a tournament in need during the upcoming 2013-14 season.

The Tampa Bay Championship, which was contested this year without a title sponsor after the contract with Transitions expired, does not have a title sponsor in place, but Finchem admitted the Tour is still efforting its search.

“I don't think I want to confirm any deadlines,” he said of a rumor that the PGA Tour has a Sept. 1 deadline with the tournament. “We're making progress in talking about Tampa. And we don't have anything to announce right now, but hopefully we will in the short-term.”

When asked whether the Puerto Rico Open could be a possible replacement in the schedule, he said, “We're looking at a number of options with respect to Tampa. … It's just speculative.”