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PGA Tour's Opposition To Anchoring Ban Seen As "Power Struggle" For Control Of Game
Published February 25, 2013
BAD TIMING AWARD? YAHOO SPORTS' Brian Murphy noted Matt Kuchar yesterday defeated Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but Finchem was “busy yanking the carpet of attention away with a tone-deaf turn in NBC's TV booth" where he announced the Tour's opposition to the ban. Murphy: “That's great and all that the Tour and Finchem can have their own point of view and their own take on it, but can Finchem let Kuchar and Mahan play their WGC final without him interjecting on the proceedings?” Murphy asked, “Why wouldn't Finchem wait until maybe the Wednesday of the WGC event at Doral, when the golf media are assembled in two weeks, to hold that news conference?” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/24). GOLF WORLD MONDAY's Geoff Shackelford writes Finchem's announcement produced "little shock." What "did surprise was his choice to pre-empt" the event "at a crucial stage of the final match" (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 2/25 issue).
SINGH DECISION COMING SOON: Finchem this weekend said he expected a resolution "relatively soon" in the investigation of golfer Vijay Singh's admission to using a banned substance. Finchem: "We're in our process. There's no time urgency here, because if action is taken it'll be reported.” The Tour’s anti-doping policy states a violation "will be announced but only if it involves a performance-enhancing drug like IGF-1, not a recreational substance" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 2/24).