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Groundhog Day for Finchem

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You know the drill, Punxsutawney Phil peeks his groggy groundhog head out of his lair, gets spooked by his own shadow and the rest of us are left with six more weeks of winter.

Seems about right, then, that golf’s version of Groundhog Day will go down this afternoon in a dining room at Riviera Country Club when PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem attempts to put out the fire that has become Groovegate.

Ping seemed to soften its stance ever so slightly on Monday, issuing a statement from CEO John Solheim.

“I’m willing to discuss a workable solution to this matter that would benefit the game and respect the role innovation has played over the long history of golf.”

As for Finchem, like Punxsutawney Phil, he may be longing for the safety of his den after players are finished with him in Los Angeles. According to the Associated Press Padraig Harrington is considering putting a Ping Eye 2 wedge in play this week, and he’s not alone.

“This is the slippery slope,” said one player. “The Tour needs to step up today and eradicate the loophole, but I would not bet on it.”