Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour Commissioner
The end of an era, or the beginning of a new one?
Perhaps the most influential man in golf is nearing retirement after 22 years overseeing the phenomenal growth of the PGA Tour.
Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour Commissioner, is stepping down from the role that has seen massive changes to the way professional golf is played and the draw it now has as a global brand.
At 69 years of age no one would begrudge him retirement, he has worked tirelessly throughout his tenure and has created a powerhouse in the world of golf.
Amongst his greatest achievements are the FedEx Cup, worth a staggering $10M to the man who wins the cup, The Presidents Cup and of course he was influential in getting golf back into the Olympic Games.
But perhaps the one thing he has not achieved during his stay was increasing the number of “black” golfers that are playing on the tour, something that many consider a major issue within the game of golf, and with the emergence of Tiger Woods just 2 years in, some think that this was his only failure. But he conceded that even with the influence Woods has had on the game of golf, getting junior golfers into the game is easy, but turning them into world class golfers takes time, dedication and financing which is a challenge.
Finchem must, however be praised for his efforts of travelling across the world to promote and grow the PGA Tour and getting the greatest European and International players to join the tour, leaving their homelands in search of bigger prize purses and the promise of lifelong financial comfort.