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FIRST WORLD GOLF TOUR EVENT TO BE HELD IN JAPAN IN NOVEMBER?
Published January 13, 1995
In a telephone interview, World Golf Tour Exec Dir John Montgomery Jr. said that he is trying to schedule the Tour's inaugural event for next November, most likely to held in Japan and televised in the U.S. on Fox. The PGA Tour season ends in October with the Tour Championship. Montgomery said that neither he nor Greg Norman have "given up on their plan to eventually start an eight-event world tour" featuring the game's top 30 players. He added there is still "widespread interest from potential sponsors." Fox initially said it would pay the World Tour $25M in rights fees for an 8-event schedule. A Fox spokesperson said the network was still interested in the concept and "is waiting for further word from Montgomery." PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said this week that he met with Norman last Thursday and that Norman told him "he's taking a step back. He recognizes it can't move ahead in its current configuration." Finchem said that reps from various int'l tours will convene in FL in March to discuss the possibility of a world tour from a long- term perspective (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 1/13).