Tim Finchem began his 17th year as commissioner of the PGA TOUR in June 2010. From the time Finchem joined the TOUR management team, he has played a key role in strengthening the PGA TOUR's position as one of the most successful, well-respected sports organizations in the world, and his leadership has helped foster the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally.
During his tenure, Finchem has greatly expanded the earnings opportunities for PGA TOUR players. The TOUR, through its tournaments and sponsors, has dramatically escalated tournament purses and grown total revenues at an unprecedented rate. Since Finchem became commissioner in 1994, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments have raised more than $1 billion for charitable organizations. Under Finchem's leadership, The Presidents Cup was created in 1994, bringing together the world's best non-European players in team match-play competition against their American counterparts. After eight stagings, The Presidents Cup has grown to be one of the most highly anticipated events on golf's calendar, and the 2011 event is scheduled for Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Finchem has also been instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours and the World Golf Foundation. His personal dedication to the success of the World Golf Foundation's The First Tee initiative has meant that, in just more than 10 years, The First Tee has grown to include more than 200 chapters that reach more than 2.2 million young people.
An additional accomplishment during Finchem's tenure has been the development and introduction of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition that culminates with the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. From 2007 to 2010, the FedExCup has brought an unparalleled level of late-season focus to and interest in the TOUR, as indicated by significant increases in television and online audiences, tournament attendance, sponsor activation and media coverage.
Born in Ottawa, IL, on April 19, 1947, Finchem graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA. He attended the University of Richmond on a debate scholarship, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973. After practicing law in Virginia Beach for three years, Finchem served in the White House as Deputy Advisor to the President in the Office of Economic Affairs in 1978 and 1979. In the early 1980s, Finchem co-founded the National Strategies and Marketing Group in Washington, D.C.
Finchem is the recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Old Tom Morris Award for 2001, the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award for 2002, the Dick Schaap Lifetime Achievement in Sports Award in 2005 and the 2010 Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Finchem and his wife, the former Holly Bachand, have four children and live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Charles Zink joined the PGA TOUR staff in 1986. He is Co-Chief Operating Officer after previously serving as Chief Financial Officer.
Zink is responsible for Financial Strategies and Operations, Tournament Players Clubs, Championship Management including THE PLAYERS Championship, World Golf Championships and The Presidents Cup, Executive and Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Player/Employee Benefit Plans, World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee program, Charity and GOLF 20/20.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Maryland in Finance and Business Management, Zink earned a second degree from Maryland in 1975. He is a former member of Maryland's golf team. Before joining the TOUR staff, Zink served four years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and had 11 years of experience with Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in both Washington, D.C. and the United Kingdom in large and emerging business, financial management and audit.
Ed Moorhouse is Co-Chief Operating Officer of the PGA TOUR. He previously served as the TOUR's General Counsel, later as Chief Legal Officer.
Among his areas of responsibility are Legal Affairs, Business Development, Marketing, Retail Licensing, International Federation of PGA Tours, Broadcasting, Television, PGATOUR.com, New Media and PGA TOUR Entertainment. Business aspects of all three tours report directly to him. A 1975 summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in government, Moorhouse received his law degree (JD) with high honors from the University of Florida in 1978. Moorhouse was a member of the Jacksonville (FL) law firm Smith and Hulsey for six years before joining the TOUR as Senior Vice President and Counsel for PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties in 1985.