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Tim Finchem: What others are saying

“Tim is a very understated, humble guy, but underneath is a deep passion and love for the game. He is fiercely loyal to his team, the organization and the players. Golf is a more complicated sport than people think, and I admired how he worked with people outside the organization. He’s got a grit and toughness to him, but he’s got a wonderful sense of humor.”

— Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner


“When I played, most guys had to win tournaments to make a living. Tim took it so you could make a living playing golf. That was a big change. He is not one of those commissioners that is in the limelight. He stayed in the background and quietly did a great job.”

— Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major championship winner


“He is very personal and someone who values relationships, whether it’s with the broadcast partners, the sponsors or the tournaments. He’s got a quiet confidence about him that plays well.”

— Sean McManus, chairman, CBS Sports


“The greatest thing about Tim Finchem is that it was never about Tim Finchem. He was never overbearing.”

— Davis Love III, PGA Tour pro, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame


“He helped take the game of golf to great heights. And there are a lot of people around the world who truly appreciate Tim. He commanded respect. He was professional. He was balanced. He is someone I’ve learned from.”

— Mark Steinberg, partner at Excel Sports Management and agent for Tiger Woods


“We always talked about making sure the deal was fair for our partners on the other side of the table. He negotiated hard, but he thought about how this deal set us up for the next deal. He never took advantage of his leverage.”

— Gary Stevenson, former PGA Tour executive and current MLS deputy commissioner and president of business ventures


“You can go on and on how the tour just dramatically changed under his leadership and became so strong. But one of the accomplishments that people don’t realize is that Tim took the lead when we needed a leader in bringing the golf organizations together. He had the presence and the idea to make it happen.”

— Pete Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports Group and former PGA of America CEO


“Tim had two sides. I think a lot of people only saw one side. The one side was an extremely driven, highly focused, extremely determined leader. The other side was a very loose, very fun-loving individual.”

— Tom Wade, chief commercial officer, PGA Tour


“He always brought with him a high energy level. He set the example for all of us. Tim was always a quick study regardless of how wide he may have been spread.”

— Ron Price, chief operating officer, PGA Tour


“His legacy is building golf into a worldwide sport and also finishing the job of building the PGA Tour into one of the most valuable brands in the world.”

— Deane Beman, former PGA Tour commissioner


“His greatest strength was his patience and the ability to see where you are going and to not get distracted. He had a great ability to not get knocked off course.”

— Mike Whan, LPGA commissioner