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European Tour Plans To Debut Playoffs Similar To PGA's Tour FedExCup
Published October 4, 2012
HEALTHY COMPETITION: Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" yesterday discussed what the PGA Tour will look like in '13-14 with the "wraparound schedule." Golf Channel's Damon Hack asked, "Will the fans be interested in October and November when football is in full throttle? Because that's one of the big questions that the Tour has to wonder. Will 12 months of golf be better than nine months of golf?" Golf Channel's Jerry Foltz: "The whole purpose of the PGA Tour playoffs for the FedExCup was to make golf relevant once football started. ... I don't know if they're expecting big audiences. I know our numbers last year were up on all the fall series events." Golf Channel's Gary Williams said, "It's not so much about how much traction you can maintain up against football, but if sponsorship is available and it's out there, it's your obligation as a business to do the best you can for the members." Foltz added, "I promise you they can envision a 52-week schedule when there's an official PGA Tour event going on somewhere every week of the year" ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 10/3).