Anchored putter bans, tour consolidations, Deer antler spray, and television contracts. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has been a busy man watching over a growing world-wide sport, especially in the past year. All one has to do is look at the condition of the PGA Tour to see what kind of job Mr. Finchem has done. The European Tour is struggling with finances, players are jumping to the PGA almost as soon as they are eligible, and the LPGA is fighting for an identity in the US, but all is well on the PGA. This is largely due to the supreme leadership, with guidance from the commissioner.
Fox Sports has forged its way er…bought it’s way into Professional Golf, and will begin televising USGA events in 2015. This includes the US Open, The US Women’s Open, The US Senior Open, and the Ryder Cup. Now they want more, and Tim Finchem is willing to listen.
Johnny Miller, the former U.S. Open champion and NBC golf analyst, said when the Fox deal was announced that the tour ”must be licking their chops” and that Fox might offer ”crazy money to get the tour package.”
This story just won’t go away, and I have always been told that where there’s smoke there’s fire. I still think professional golf is headed toward some kind of “World Tour”. Golf is a world sport, and with the continuous stream of European Tour players coming to the US to play on the PGA Tour, it is inevitable that one day there will be a common tour that will look like the LPGA.
In their infinite wisdom, The Golf Channel decided to put up a tweet on Wednesday that spoke to the 5oth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings “I have a dream” speech. They wanted people to hashtag #DreamDay with their dream. Needless to say, the ploy backfired and drew the ire of fans around the world. Realizing their mistake, they took the tweet down, and tweeted an apology.
It’s pretty obvious that International Match Play competition is in demand around the world, and it’s always the Americans against someone else. The Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup are Americans against the Europeans, The Presidents Cup is US against the remainder of the world. Now we are going to get a chance to sit back and watch someone else play. With the strong emergence of the Asian Tour in the golf economy, you had to know this was coming. I’m thinking the US Women are not looking forward to taking on the Asians any time soon.
This link includes a video that if you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute to watch. It just goes to show that golf is a game for a lifetime.
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