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THE MONTGOMERY FAMILY AT THE CENTER OF SHIFTS IN GOLF WORLD
Published March 7, 1995
The Doral-Ryder Open has been "one of the most stable events on the PGA Tour," according to David Shenin of the MIAMI HERALD. But two recent events caused some "mild concern" about the tournament's future. Both involve the Montgomery family, whose Executive Sports Inc., is one of the longest running partners with the PGA Tour. ESI is headed by John Montgomery, Sr. Last November, John Montgomery Jr., who had directed the Doral-Ryder with his father, and his brother Scott, who was the Doral Open's GM, left to join Greg Norman in forming the World Tour. Then, John Montgomery Sr. announced he was selling ESI to Jack Nicklaus' Golden Bear International. However, since the World Tour "has fizzled," Scott has returned to his father's company and will be back running the Doral-Ryder. In addition, the sale of ESI "will not affect the Doral" as Montgomery Sr. will remain as ESI's Chair and the company will be a division of Golden Bear. John Montgomery, Jr. is staying with the World Tour, and has kept offices in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with a staff of 12. But he "has changed the company's name to Montgomery Enterprises." John Sr. said that John Jr. and Norman reportedly have projects in the works, including "a couple of TV shows," and added that "there are no rifts" in the family (MIAMI HERALD, 3/6). SHARK BITTEN: Negative fallout from the World Tour continued while Norman was in Miami. It has become "plain that there is deep-seated resentment of Norman ... from fellow players and professional golf administrators and golf writers and commentators," writes Michael Bamberger in this morning's PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber: "I like Greg. But he's full of himself for a guy with 12 tour victories" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/7).