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Tim Finchem Says PGA Tour May Consider Implementing HGH Testing
Published May 16, 2011
A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE: USA TODAY's Steve DiMeglio notes The Players moved to May in '07, and it "sounds like it won't be moving back to March anytime soon." Finchem yesterday said, "We like the flow of May; we like the weather. ... We're still working on getting this golf course ready, and this year we were helped by the weather. But we did a lot of things during the course of the year that should help us should we get another date. So we like it, players like it, fans like it, and we're very pleased with it thus far." He added that negotiations for a new TV contract "will begin this summer" (USA TODAY, 5/16). In DC, Barry Svrluga notes while "any dramatic shifts in the PGA Tour schedule likely won’t occur" until '13, when the Tour will have new TV contracts, Finchem "left open the possibility that there will be some movement next year." Changes next year "could, potentially, affect the AT&T National," Tiger Woods' tournament that is set to return to DC next summer. Finchem said, "It’s possible. We haven’t actually finalized things for next year, so there may be some movement." Svrluga notes AT&T National officials are "open to another date that might lure a better field" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/16).
YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechoswki wrote the PGA Tour "got its golf shorts pulled down" yesterday when 41-year-old K.J. Choi defeated 44-year-old David Toms in a playoff to win The Players. Choi's victory "won't do much for what the tour fears most: life after you-know-who," and the last day of The Players "was like the Champions Tour Lite." Golf "craves superstars who win majors and dominate tournaments -- and the tour doesn't have one of those right now." Wojciechowski: "A playoff finish was exciting stuff Sunday, but the tour needs more, much more, than a 40-year-olds convention at its premier event. It needs the next Tiger" (ESPN.com, 5/15). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said with Tiger Woods out indefinitely with an injury, golf's future is "uncertain." If Woods returns and plays like an average golfer, “the Tour is going to be lessened, the Tour is going to be diminished” ("PTI," ESPN, 5/13).