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Finchem Calls Reports Of Golf's Match Play Championship Moving "Inaccurate"
Published March 3, 2011
NOWHERE TO GO? GOLF WORLD's Jim Moriarty notes moving the Match Play Championship is "simply not as easy as it sounds." Assuming the event "stays more or less in its current calendar slot, what are the alternatives?" The weather "wouldn't be good enough" in Las Vegas, and Palm Springs, Calif., does not appear to be an option because the PGA Tour Bob Hope Classic "is already on life support." The Tour also "can't go to Florida" because there already is a WGC event at Doral (GOLF WORLD, 3/7 issue). GOLFWEEK's Jeff Rude wrote, "I get the sense the Tour and players wouldn’t mind moving somewhere else, but there doesn’t appear to be a stronger alternative for 2012 at this point." A "sensible plan starting in 2013 would be to move the Match Play event around to different cities, ones that already have Tour events or ones that don’t." Rude: "After all, the Tour is on record as saying it would like to go into other markets, some of which are starved for a big-time golf tournament" (GOLFWEEK.com, 3/2).