THE SHARK’S UP­RIS­ING

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In No­vem­ber ’94, Greg Nor­man and com­pa­triot Rupert Mur­doch tabled plans for a World Golf Tour, a 10-event cham­pi­onship tour of the world’s top golfers to be mar­keted and tele­vised by the me­dia mogul’s Fox TV. Weeks of “peace talks” en­sued, with PGA Tour com­mis­sioner Ti­mothy W. Finchem vow­ing to sus­pend any player who par­tic­i­pated in WGT events. Nor­man stepped away from the project with Finchem promis­ing to keep him in the loop over any fu­ture plans for a global tour. Two years later, after no con­sul­ta­tion with Nor­man, the PGA Tour com­mis­sioner an­nounced plans for a world tour that man­i­fested it­self in the form of the World Golf Cham­pi­onships. Upon hear­ing of the devel­op­ment, Nor­man saw red. “I’ve had it up to here with Tim Finchem,” spat the Shark. “He hung me out to dry.”

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