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PGA TOUR AND WORLD TOUR LOOK FOR MIDDLE GROUND

     Officials representing the new World Golf Tour and two
officials from Fox met with a key PGA Tour official to discuss
the upstart tour's place in golf.  PGA Tour Commissioner Tim
Finchem did not attend the meeting, and neither did World Tour
organizer Greg Norman.  Edward Moorhouse, Exec VP for Legal and
Int'l Affairs, represented the PGA Tour, and John Montgomery Jr.
and his brother Scott, representing the World Tour.  Norman, was
reached on vacation in Sydney:  "We are willing to make
adjustments and concessions and the U.S. Tour is working along
the same lines.  No one wants a confrontation.  No one wants to
batter their heads against the wall with lawyers for the next
three years."  In a statement released by the PGA Tour, Moorhouse
indicated it was "highly unlikely anything could be accommodated
in short term."  He described yesterday's meeting as "an attempt
to determine what kind of flexibility the promoters had in their
scheduling plans."  Moorhouse will present Finchem and the PGA
Tour's Tournament Policy Board next week with a report on the
meeting.  The board will listen to Finchem's recommendation and
then decide whether to allow PGA Tour pros to participate in the
World Tour (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 11/23).
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