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SBD/January 6, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
PGA Tour Begins The '12 Season Quietly, As Top Players Are Skipping Kapalua
Published January 6, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD: The final round of the Tournament of Champions will be played Monday, and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the possibility of more Monday finishes is "not just a television audience question." Finchem: "There are a lot of different factors. ... You have to look at all the stakeholders in a tournament, the fans, the television partners, the sponsors, the corporate hospitality bars, the people who play in the pro-ams, the fans who want to come out and watch. What makes the most sense for everybody?” Finchem also addressed the decision to keep the FedExCup points structure the same as in '11. He said, "I am not so sure we wouldn’t make a change in that area in the next couple of years, but we wanted to get into a pattern where the fans could get used to the system. That is happening, and the Cup has really grown every single year” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 1/4).
SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO LITTLE TIME: In California, Larry Bohannan listed his top questions for the '12 season, with the top one being whether the "European surge" will continue.” Europe has “been the story in golf for two years now, with major championship winners from Northern Ireland, Ireland and Germany.” England's Luke Donald “is the No. 1 player in the world, just ahead of countryman Lee Westwood, and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is the game's reigning young star.” Bohannan also asked if this was the year Tiger Woods "comes back for good" and which "hot 2011 player will continue to roll in 2012” (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 1/4).