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WORLD TOUR STILL BEING DISCUSSED IN GOLF CIRCLES
Published November 21, 1995
Despite the outcry over a World Tour idea that was floated just one year ago, the "notion of increasing elite competition among the world's best players lives on strongly," according to Jeff Rude in the cover story of the current GOLFWEEK. Frank Williams, agent to Greg Norman, who backed the proposal last November, said he believes golf fans will "see some sort of world tour in 1997 -- not until then because of the existing (television) contracts." PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem confirmed he and other pro tour commissioners from around the world are working on "specially designated series of events with an international context." Finchem said resolving the Tour's FTC issues earlier this year has helped move the process forward. Norman and organizer John Montgomery, Jr., say they have seen "two other serious proposals," one by Joe Collet, a former agent for Seve Ballesteros (GOLFWEEK, 11/18 issue). An editorial in GOLFWEEK states that "golf needs a world tour. The people want it, the players want it, the sponsors want it." Existing tours "better deliver quickly" before a "maverick" tour disrupts pro golf (GOLFWEEK, 11/18 issue). MONTGOMERY MOVES ON: Montgomery, who was the World Tour "frontman," is profiled as "recovering from World Tour setback." He now heads Montgomery Sports in Marietta, GA, which works with college football athletic directors on logo properties (Richard Mundry, GOLFWEEK, 11/18 issue).