U.S. PGA Tour Commissioner Downplays Prospects Of Global Tour In Near Future
US PGA Tour Commissioner Tom Finchem "has played down the prospects of a global tour coming to fruition any time soon, but has given his tentative support" to playing one of the sport's four majors -- the US 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 was not "under consideration at the moment and wouldn't be any time soon." Finchem: "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.'" He was "much more open to taking one of golf's four majors on a world tour in the near future." 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 said, "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" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/20).