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PGA Tour Begins '13 Season In Hawaii Without Top Names Like Rory And Tiger
Published January 4, 2013
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A DIFFERENT WORLD: GOLFCHANNEL.com's Jason Sobel wrote the TOC has been “losing superstars on an annual basis for the past decade, yet has continued in its current form.” That could “translate to the Tour being labeled more inflexible than any of the players.” When the likes of Woods and Phil Mickelson "first played this tournament, there were no World Golf Championship events, no FedEx Cup playoffs and less of an importance on other late-season global events.” Golfer Webb Simpson said, “The way the game is changing, it’s becoming more global. Guys are playing around the world more than they used to.” Sobel noted as if to “further complicate matters, this tournament will remain in its current slot going forward, despite the impending wraparound schedule.” That means PGA Tour winners during each calendar year “will earn invitations to an exclusive event that will now fall as the seventh tourney of the season, but first of the actual year” (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 1/2).
HYUNDAI HAPPY: GOLFWEEK’s Jim McCabe reported despite Hyundai’s three-year sponsorship contract expiring after this week, Hyundai Senior VP/Marketing Steve Shannon “didn’t sound like a man who was seeking any panic buttons.” Shannon said, “The way that golf has changed, how many times they need to play ... there’s not much we can do about that. But there’s a lot we like about this, and the field still is awfully good. So we don’t have any concerns. There are so many positives about this one.” Shannon added of how the new ‘14 schedule would change the event, “I guess in some ways we’ll see, but we are not terribly concerned about it. We have pretty good confidence that the PGA Tour kind of knows what they are doing. ... We are very bullish. We don’t have anything to announce this week, particularly because we are so focused in executing another great event. But we’ve had discussions with the PGA Tour, but we just need to get this tournament behind us and then have some more discussions with them” (GOLFWEEK.com, 1/3).
NEED A RULING: GOLFCHANNEL.com’s Rex Hoggard wrote the "specter of replacement officials, and even a lockout, still looms over the PGA Tour following an unproductive offseason.” The attorney for the Tour officials’ union said that “although negotiations are ongoing” with the PGA Tour, the two sides “remain far apart on many issues.” The officials’ contract with the tour was a “one-year extension signed at the end of the 2011 season and although negotiations broke down last week, officials plan to continue to work events," including this week’s tourney (GOLFCHANNEL.com,1/2).