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WORLD GOLF TOUR ORGANIZER FOLLOWS UP ON NORMAN STATEMENT
Published December 5, 1994
World Golf Tour Exec Dir John Montgomery Jr. said he contacted Greg Norman early Friday morning and asked him about a disputed conversation between what Norman and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem: "Greg was in shock as to what the context [of the commissioner's statement] was. We talked strictly about the release and he didn't feel it was reflective of their conversation." On Finchem's contention that Norman had "re-evaluated his commitment" to the World Tour, Montgomery said: "He's not stepping back. He's not re-evaluating. ... Just because he's out of the country for two weeks doesn't mean he's re-evaluating." Montgomery has set mid-January '95 as a tentative deadline to get the World Tour started (Glenn Sheeley, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 12/3). IN THE GALLERY: In addition to the PGA Tour, another "interested observer" of Fox's planned World Golf Tour is Andersen Consulting -- the title sponsor of the World Championship of Golf set for next spring on ABC & ESPN. The two networks, in conjunction with International Sports & Entertainment Strategies (ISES), are seeking four "presenting sponsors" and five or six "official suppliers" for the int'l tournament (INSIDE MEDIA, 12/13 issue).