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Finchem Open To Playing PGA Championship Outside U.S. In Near Future

Finchem said a global tour would be possible, but is not being considered
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has "played down the prospects of a global tour coming to fruition any time soon, but has given his tentative support" to playing the PGA Championship outside the U.S. in the "near future," according to Brent Read of the AUSTRALIAN. While "conceding a global tour was possible," Finchem admitted it "wasn't under consideration at the moment and wouldn't be any time soon." He said, "The game will get more integrated at some level. But that doesn't necessarily mean going to a world tour. But I wouldn't leap to the conclusion that the professional game coming together means a 'World Tour.'" Finchem was "much more open to taking one of golf's four majors on a world tour in the near future," something the PGA of America has mentioned regarding the PGA Championship. Read noted the Australian Tour has "already put its hand up to host the fourth major on the calendar should the event go on the road." Finchem: "I certainly don't have a knee-jerk reaction on the negative side if it is good for the PGA Championship and it is good for the world of golf. The questions though that would need to be answered are where is it going to be played, how does it affect the calendar, etcetera" (AUSTRALIAN, 11/20).

CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE: GOLFWEEK's Forecaddie writes with the PGA Tour having concluded the "wrap" portion of the '13-14 calendar, how the first year of the new schedule went "depends whom you ask." Ryan Moore, who won a tournament, recorded another top 10 and now sits third in FedExCup points said, "Clearly I love it." But fellow golfer Tommy Gainey said, "I don't know if anyone wants to hear it or not, but I've got an opinion. I really don't like it. ... I'm just going to say one word: Confusing." Aside from the "semantics of a schedule that crosses two calendars, there were other bones to pick." Several Tour graduates earned PGA Tour cards, "but could not get into fall fields." Part of the problem "stemmed from a battle against darkness that limits field sizes to 132" (GOLFWEEK, 11/22 issue).
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