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Web.com Tour's New Finals Format Questioned By Players, Seen As Lacking Drama
Published September 19, 2013
PLEASE PUT THE PHONE DOWN: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem earlier in the week said the Tour is examining the process of TV viewers calling in rules violations during play. Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said the Tour should "eliminate" the practice and "decide the actual event on the field of play." Paige: "You don't let people decide NFL rulings at home sitting on their La-Z-Boy recliner. Let the golfers and the officials determine who won the tournament." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said Tiger Woods and a "handful of others have practically every shot on TV." Cowlishaw: "Some guys are almost never on TV. They could be kicking the ball out of the woods and wouldn't know about it" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 9/18). Author John Feinstein said, "What the Tour needs to do is put one of the rules officials, everyday, into the truck, full-time so they can watch everything that every viewer can see on TV with a professional eye. If they see something that they think is the least bit off, they can look at it on replay, they can slow it down in HD, then make a decision" ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 9/19). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said implementing a time limit to when a violation can be reported "is easy," like an "hour after the last guy finishes and that's it, and not the next day." ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "You put a rules official out there on every hole" ("PTI," ESPN, 9/18).