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PGA TOUR'S FINCHEM REPORTS THAT NORMAN HAS BACKED OFF
Published December 2, 1994
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem reported that after a phone conversation with Greg Norman, one of the organizers of the World Golf Tour, and said that Norman "indicated that he would not support any venture that would damage the PGA Tour, our tournaments or their sponsors." Finchem, in a statement: "It was a cordial conversation in which we both agreed that a confrontation would not be in the best interests of the game of golf. I appreciate Greg's reevaluation of this situation. I also was pleased that he was receptive to providing us and other golf organizations around the world with this input as we consider the future development of increased international competition" (PGA Tour). Terry Kelley, the World Golf Tour's Dir of Communications, said Finchem's words "sounded suspicious. We were under the impression that it was a courtesy call. Norman would have called us if he was re-evaluating his support" (Steve Hershey, USA TODAY, 12/2).