Finchem talks anchoring, drug testing, HOF

By Randall MellMay 7, 2013, 11:43 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA Tour isn’t ready to reveal whether it will follow the USGA and Royal & Ancient Golf Club’s lead if those governing bodies ban anchored putting.

Though the PGA Tour is on record against a ban, commissioner Tim Finchem insisted Tuesday the Tour hasn’t decided how it will respond if the ban is actually adopted.

“We haven’t even discussed internally what our response will be,” Finchem said.

Anchoring, World Golf Hall of Fame eligibility and the Vijay Singh drug-testing resolution were among topics Finchem addressed in his news conference at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

The USGA and R&A closed its 90-day comment period on the proposed anchoring ban at the end of February and have indicated they will make a final decision sometime this spring.

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“We have made our comments,” Finchem said. “We have indicated the concerns we have, as have other golf organizations here to the USGA, overseas to the R&A, and now it’s up to them to complete the process.”

Notably, Finchem still isn’t ruling out the possibility the PGA Tour would not follow the USGA and R&A should they ban anchoring.

Finchem said the PGA Tour’s stance against a ban hasn’t opened new discussion or even some kind of negotiation with the USGA and R&A.

“When they complete this, we’ll turn around and have a conversation with our players and our board about the position we should take,” Finchem said. “Until we get there, we aren’t going to speculate.”

Finchem did say the PGA Tour is looking at enhancing its drug-testing program based on what it learned in Singh’s appeal after he admitted to using deer antler spray. Singh was cleared of any violation when the World Anti-Doping Agency announced it was no longer including deer antler spray among its banned substances.

“I think in any doping case you learn something,” Finchem said. “There are several things we are focused on, procedurally.”

Finchem said none of them are major issues. He said the Tour is mostly focused on how to improve drug-testing communication with players and with WADA.

Finchem also said the PGA Tour is looking at its World Golf Hall of Fame, including whether the age limit for eligibility should be raised from 40.

“It’s currently under discussion,” Finchem said.

Finchem stated that the Tour is also looking at whether there should continue to be separate PGA Tour balloting and International balloting.

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Key stats from Woods' historic win at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:47 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Here are the key stats from the final round at East Lake.

• 80th career PGA Tour win; first since 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

• Two wins behind Sam Snead for most in PGA Tour history

• Snead was 47 years old when he won his 80th career PGA Tour title (Woods is 42)

• 43-for-45 converting outright 54-hole leads in PGA Tour career

• 24-for-24 converting 54-hole leads of three or more shots

• First win in 1,876 days; 118 players won on PGA Tour between Woods' wins

• Third career Tour Championship victory (most all-time)

• Has won Tour Championship in three different decades (1999, 2007, 2018)

• Fifth PGA Tour event won in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s)

• Projected to move to 13th in World Ranking with victory

• Was ranked 1,199 before beginning of 2017 Hero World Challenge

• Snead won 11 times after turning 43 (Woods turns 43 in December)

• Eighth PGA Tour win in Georgia; fourth-most of any state (Fla., Calif., Ohio)

• Extended lead to four strokes with birdie on first hole of round

• Second in field in strokes gained: putting this week

• First in field in scrambling this week (17-for-24)

• Finished second in FedExCup; was making first Tour Championship start since 2013

• Led field in one-putt percentage this week (51.4%)

• Finishes season first on PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)

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Social media explodes over Tiger's 80th win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

After a five-year hiatus, Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the winner's circle on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

As evidenced by a quick look at social media, Woods' win set the golf world on fire, with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie sending their congratulations to the 42-year-old.

Here are the best reactions from a wild Sunday at East Lake, where Woods claimed PGA Tour victory No. 80:

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Rose captures FedExCup, $10 million

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

ATLANTA – Like the “Price is Right” big wheel, $10 million spun around and around on Sunday, waiting to land on someone. It rolled past Dustin Johnson, looked like it was going to settle on Tiger Woods, and then made a final tick to rest on an ecstatic Justin Rose.

Rose won the FedExCup title on Sunday at the Tour Championship, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to secure the big bonus. Woods, who won the tournament, finished second, with Bryson DeChambeau third.

Rose entered the final round as the projected winner, tied for second in the event, three shots back of Woods. However, it was a struggle from the start for the – now former – world No. 1. Rose made four bogeys and one birdie over his first 15 holes, and when he bogeyed the par-4 16th, the scenario became clear: Play the last two in 1 under or lose the cup.

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Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last. He finished in solo third place, four back of Woods.

Woods, meanwhile, was in command of the tournament from the start on Sunday. He played steadily, for the most part, and no one provided a challenge. In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event – which was close to a lock all day – and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

So, here he was, Rose, tied for SIXTH place on the 18th hole. A birdie and he’d jump into a three-way tie for fourth – as well as into a mountain of cash.

Rose hit the par-5 18th in two and successfully two-putted to clinch the cup. He didn’t win a playoff event, but his MC-2-2-T4 results were good enough, points wise, to capture the season-long race.

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Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.

Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.

He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.

Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.

For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.

A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.

Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.