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WORLD GOLF TOUR -- GOOD IDEA, BAD EXECUTION?
Published January 12, 1995
In the January 16 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Jamie Diaz writes that the proposed World Golf tour "may be dead, but the idea is alive and well." Diaz chronicles the promises made by World Tour organizers, concluding: "The World Golf Tour was a classic case of big hat, no cattle. While the commitment from Fox was real, there were no specific sites, and no signed contracts with players were produced." Diaz is critical of Greg Norman for being "oblivious to the prevalent view among players that, while the concept of an elite series of events sounded good, they would not participate unless the new tour was conducted with the cooperation of the PGA Tour." Diaz notes Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo criticized it as "slipshod." Diaz says there is hope for the future: "It's important to realize that while the World Golf Tour might be dead, the idea of a world golf tour has emerged from the rubble more viable than ever" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 1/16 issue),