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The Tour Report

May 7 2013

7:13 PM

Finchem on TV rulings, other topics


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Some highlights from PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem's news conference on Tuesday:

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME. The commissioner said that the Hall of Fame board is evaluating whether having the Induction Ceremony the Monday of THE PLAYERS Championship is the best approach. He said the golf interest "is kind of split" when the ceremony is scheduled near a big event. "We're going to look at everything and have more to say about it probably later this year," he said.

Likewise, Finchem said the qualifications and categories will undergo a process review. "I wouldn't sit here and speculate to changing things," he said, "but I would say we're open to changing a number of things and we'll see what develops."

TV VIEWERS' INVOLVEMENT IN RULINGS. The commissioner said he goes "back and forth" on whether it's a good thing that TV viewers can call tournament officials when they see possible rules violations, as was the case with Tiger Woods at the Masters.

"On the one hand, it's a pain," Finchem said. "On the other hand, it's interesting. ... I do think it's good that it's become a matter of a lot of discussion, and I think that's healthy."

$2 BILLION CAMPAIGN. The commissioner said that this Sunday, the TOUR will begin its campaign to reach $2 billion in charitable contributions. He said the TOUR is at $1.86 billion to date and hopes to reach $2 billion by the end of this year or early next year.

"When I say campaign, the money isn't really the story," Finchem said. "It's the people that our tournaments impact, the lives that are changed, the charities that are helped. However, people pay attention to money."

ANCHORED PUTTING. Having announced the TOUR's stance to oppose the proposed anchored putting ban, the commissioner said the TOUR is now simply waiting for the USGA and the R&A to complete their process on whether to move forward with the ban.

"Then we'll turn around and have a conversation with our players and our board about the position we should take at that point," Finchem said. "Until we get there, we're not going to speculate on it."

BLOOD TESTING. The commissioner said the TOUR will continue to evaluate whether to add blood testing to its anti-doping program.

"We find it difficult to assume that whatever advantage EPO provides a PGA TOUR player, which we don't see much of, is worth going through blood transfusions," he said. "However, we're still monitoring it anyway, and we could still go to a blood test for that reason only."