FINCHEM’S PGA TOUR LEGACY

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THE WGC

What if golf had a run of four tour­na­ments for only the world’s top stars, played on var­i­ous con­ti­nents and for some of the largest purses? Launch it in 1999 and call it the World Golf Cham­pi­onships. It might have been Greg Nor­man’s idea (see p56), but Finchem’s name was all over the doc­u­ments.

THE FEDEX FI­NALE

How do you keep the world’s play­ing after the ma­jors? Pay them so much they can’t re­sist. Finchem con­vinced FedEx to sign a 10-year con­tract that turned the Tour Cham­pi­onship into the FedEx Cup, gave the play­ers a fat wind­fall and the sea­son a more vi­able con­clu­sion. A mas­ter­stroke.

FIRST TEE

Finchem’s great­est legacy to the world out­side of his PGA Tour mem­bers was the for­ma­tion of First Tee, the or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated to at­tract more kids to the game, par­tic­u­larly from out­side golf’s priv­i­leged de­mo­graphic. A founder and key fig­ure, Finchem re­mains the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chair­man to this day.

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