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Published September 30, 2013
FOREIGN RELATIONS: PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem again downplayed reports the Tour could buy the European Tour, saying, "We're not in the business of buying-out anybody and I don’t think the European Tour is in the business of selling." Finchem: "It's not the way we do business in golf. This is not corporate mergers-and-acquisitions." He added, "It's in our interest the various tours around the world are healthy, they're growing and they're doing for golf what they're supposed to do, which is to drive interest" (YOUTUBE.com, 9/29).
LOVE & MARRIAGE: In N.Y., Karen Crouse noted 26-year-old golfer Amanda Blumenherst, who this year married A's 1B Nate Freiman, decided to step away from the LPGA Tour “in the prime of her career.” Blumenherst was “generally regarded as the one with the more promising career,” despite earning about $49,000 this year compared to Freiman's $490,000. She said that she "would not be surprised if other LPGA players reached her age and opted to leave the tour.” Blumenherst: “Girls on the tour are going to keep getting younger. I just don’t think you’re going to have families on tour" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/27).