THE NEW COM­MIS­SIONER

Golf World (UK) - - PGA TOUR AT 50 -

When Illi­noian Tim Finchem took the reigns from out­go­ing PGA com­mis­sioner Deane Be­man in June of 1994, Tour player Pe­ter Ja­cob­sen fa­mously noted: “Deane left him a Mercedes with the tank a quar­ter full, and all Tim has to do is keep putting gas in it.” Pro­moted from his role as deputy com­mis­sioner, Finchem was the safe pair of hands the Tour needed and Tiger Woods’ ar­rival in 1996 meant he was soon fill­ing the Merc with high-oc­tane gas.

He still needed to nav­i­gate a few bumps – no­tably the 2008 eco­nomic melt­down and Tiger’s fire hy­drant episode that threat­ened to see the wheels fall off. But by the time Finchem handed the keys to Jay Mon­a­han in Jan­uary 2017, the Mercedes was purring. “Tim has done an out­stand­ing job,” said Tiger, and while it wasn’t all down to the num­bers, they un­der­pin every­thing.

When Finchem took over in 1994, the 44 sched­uled events of­fered a com­bined $56.4m in prize money, with the largest win­ner’s share at $540,000. By the end of his ten­ure, 46 events yielded $320.4m in prize money and the largest win­ner’s share of $1.89m. Even al­low­ing for in­fla­tion, a job well done.

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