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Finchem Admits PGA Tour Will Employ TV-Friendly Pairings For Tiger
Published January 26, 2011
TIME TO DRAW THE LINE? The AP's Doug Ferguson reported Finchem is "asking the USGA to review the Rules of Golf after two prominent players were disqualified for rules violations that were reported after they signed their scorecards." TV viewers this season have "called in violations" on Camilo Villegas and Padraig Harrington. The golfers were "assessed two-shot penalties, but because officials were notified after the round, the players were disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard." Finchem yesterday said, "I just think that there's a lot of discomfort with this whole situation and questions raised." He noted that he is "to meet with the USGA executive committee next week at its annual meeting, and he has spoken with the European Tour, which he said has joined him in questioning the rule." Finchem: "I feel comfortable given the quality of the people at the USGA today that if we can just get into a room and talk seriously about the options, we ought to be able to give this a very careful review" (AP, 1/25).