Tag Archives: Commissioner Tim Finchem

Nov
18
2013
Bill Murray, a staple at the tourney

Bill Murray, a staple at the tourney

Business on the PGA Tour continues to thrive under the leadership of Commissioner Tim Finchem. It’s really no surprise to hear a(nother) sponsor has extended its support of a Tour event. AT&T has signed a ten-year deal to renew its sponsorship of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Hooray — 10 more years of Bill Murray and his antics throughout the week at Pebble! 

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Jul
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Sorry, anchorers, you've lost this battle

Sorry, anchorers, you’ve lost this battle

In May, the USGA and R&A made a joint announcement that they had decided to proceed with their decision to adopt Rule 14-1b — banning the anchored putting stroke — effective as of January 1, 2016.

While the PGA Tour and Commissioner Tim Finchem have voiced their opposition to the rule and a group of players who use the stroke have lawyered up, the Tour Policy Board convened the week of the Memorial Tournament and all signs seemed to indicate they’d follow the decree of golf’s governing bodies. After all, how confusing would it be to have two sets of rules and it’d be the PGA Tour saying they were above the game of golf, etc.

On Monday, the Tour announced the Tour Policy Board met this morning and voted to conform with the USGA and R&A’s rule. Here’s the press release:

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Jan
23
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Image via watoday.com.au

Image via watoday.com.au

Yep, it’s the week of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which means it’s that time again! — the “mandatory” players’ meeting historically takes place on-site on Tuesday evening. Longtime WUP readers know that I have fervidly covered the annual event, though it’s always been from NYC or Florida. See here, here, and here.

Well, I’m actually on-site this time, where the vibe at the golf course has been energetic and spirited.

Although it’s the fourth event on the PGA Tour calendar — and no offense to the first three, which I’ve covered with love for the past three years and enjoy thoroughly — but this feels more like the start of the season. Maybe because most of the “big names are in the field, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. (I know others will argue it doesn’t start until the Masters.) But I digress.

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Jun
26
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Wooooot! We're legit!

Starting in 2013 the Fall Series events will become legitimate PGA Tour tournaments. The Tour policy board has voted to award full FedExCup points to the events following the season-ending Tour Championship. Now the change comes as part of the decision to modify the Tour’s schedule (along with the Q-school format). Instead of following a calendar-year format, the plan is to kick off the 2013-2014 season with the fall tournaments.

Via the Tour’s media blast

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May
15
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The waiting game...

Slow play has been an epidemic on the PGA Tour since as long as anyone can remember. Every year it’s the same ol’ story — fans/media/players complain and it’s always brought up at least once in the annual Players Meeting, but the pace of play on Tour hasn’t improved. It’s become one of those things that’s almost become part of the game. At least on Tour, but Kevin Na’s waggles and whiffs put a massive spotlight on the slow play issue, which was already a point of contention heading into the week.

Interesting enough, this week’s event marks the 20th anniversary of the last time a player — Dilliard Pruitt, who is now, coincidentally, a Tour rules official — was stroked a one-shot penalty for slow play at the ’92 Byron Nelson Classic.  *Update: Last player stroked was acutally Glen Day at the ’95 Honda Classic.

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Mar
20
2012

Details? Well, we're still working those out...

 

Folks, it’s a sad, sad day. We knew it was coming, but it was still impossible to prepare for today’s announcement. The Q-School deathwatch is over. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem officially pronounced it dead at approximately 1:30pm on Tuesday, while speaking to the press at Bay Hill. He discussed the “restructuring of the Qualifying System for the PGA Tour via the Nationwide Tour,” and changing the schedule from the calendar year to a fiscal year. Recommended reading: My post in January breaking down the new system (in English).

Here’s the media blast, followed by excerpts from Finchem’s (long, rambling) presser:

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Jan
25
2012

Huh? Say what?

 

It’s that time again — the mandatory PGA Tour player’s meeting at Torrey Pines, where Commissioner Tim Finchem delivers his annual “State of the Tour” address (how fitting President Obama delivered the SOTU on the same night this year). I confess I’m a huge geek and for the last three years, I’ve gotten super revved up to find out the scoop on the inner-goings of these bureaucratic time-suckers. This is about as “Inside Golf” as you can get, but I dig it.

Usually, when I bring it up to a player, they shrug, roll their eyes and mutter something about how boring it is and it’s always the same ol’ stuff. But this year, there was much more buzz than usual.  I actually got responses from guys, saying, “It should be interesting” and “I’ll be there for the fireworks.”

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Jan
9
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nice tan, commish!

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem popped by the interview room at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions for an annual chat with the media. He answered questions regarding all the (over-hyped) fuss over the no-show winners at Kapalua this year, the possibility of changing the locale and timing of the Tour’s season opener, the Monday finish decision, his fondness for Steve Stricker, Tiger’s win at Chevron, the Olympics and more.

Finchem made some very valid points, especially regarding– what I view as –the overreaction to the quality of the field and the missing players. Here are the highlights/excerpts from the presser (aka the parts where my eyes didn’t glaze over):

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